Educator of the Month
The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2—Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books to celebrate. And this morning, the Board of Education celebrates Read Across America Day by recognizing a fantastic reading teacher!
Lindsey Ells, Literacy Teacher from Hillsmere Elementary School is all about reading! She implements reading initiatives that benefit students, staff, and the Hillsmere community. She takes a lead role with the #AACPSREADWITHME Challenge to encourage a love of reading and an awareness of the importance of reading outside of school. She coordinates the premier reading event for the school each year, Cookies and Cocoa Reading, to celebrate the winter and the love of reading. During this event the community comes together to read, celebrate, and create based on some of our favorite winter read aloud books.
Ms. Ells promotes positive changes in the growth of students by collaborating with staff to ensure students are identified for additional reading intervention or challenging more advanced readers. She just completed the rigorous renewal process for National board Certification. Through this process she has proven to be a reflective practitioner who is in tune with the needs of her students and colleagues while also growing her own capacity as an instructional leader.
Lindsey consistently performs with a high degree of professionalism, knowledge, and leadership; ensuring that families are given sufficient time and attention to questions they may pose. The same is true when she is working with her colleagues. As a result, she has been identified as the Administrative Designee to act on behalf of the Principal in her absence. Through all of her actions she continually builds relationships with students, staff, and families through her collaborative conversations, patience, and compassion for all.
2019 Teacher of the Year
Degrees and Certifications:
2019-2020 Maryland State Teacher of the Year
Third Grade Teacher, South Shore Elementary School
"This profession is truly an honor. It is the intersection of my passion and purpose. I am so lucky to have a career that fulfills me as a person. It’s more than I could ever ask for and I’m honored to represent my colleagues across the state.”