Kimberly Sloane, Allegany High School (*Finalist)
Kimberly Sloane is completing her seventh year as a social studies teacher with the Allegany County Public Schools. After spending five years at Braddock Middle School, she transferred to Allegany High School in 2010 where she currently teaches government and psychology, as well as advises several student groups. She graduated summa cum laude from Frostburg State University in December 2004 with a B.S. in Social Sciences and a certification in secondary education. Kimberly is also currently completing her master’s studies at FSU. In 2007, she was selected as the Maryland History Day Teacher of the Year.
Pamela McDonald, Center for Career and Technical Education (*Finalist)
Pamela McDonald graduated from Frostburg State University in 2005 with a Master of Arts degree in teaching and a Bachelor of Science degree in social science with minors in history and political science in 2004. Pamela has taught in Allegany County for seven years. She is currently a social studies teacher at the Career Center where she serves as the Service Learning Coordinator, the Student Page Coordinator, and the History Day Chair. Pamela is also a member of the School Improvement Team.
Tina Kimmell, Flintstone Elementary School
Tina Kimmell is a third grade teacher at Flintstone Elementary School, where she has been teaching for sixteen years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education in 1990 and her Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2000 from Frostburg State University. Tina is a member of the School Improvement Team and chairperson of the Partnership Action Team. Tina focuses heavily on parent involvement and communication at Flintstone because she believes that parent involvement has a positive affect on children, families, and the school. She resides in Clearville, PA, with her husband and two daughters.
Jennifer Ramsey, South Penn Elementary School (*Finalist)
Jennifer Ramsey is a graduate of Frostburg State University’s undergraduate and graduate education programs. In December 2003, she graduated magna cum laude with her degree in elementary education with an early childhood specialization. In December 2007, she graduated summa cum laude with her masters of education in reading. Jennifer began her teaching career at Beall Elementary as the multi-age pre-kindergarten teacher. Most recently, she has taught kindergarten, first and second grades at South Penn Elementary. She continues to serve her sixth term as the chair of the Partnership Action Committee and as a member of the School Improvement Team. During the summer of 2011, Jennifer became a member of the Educator Effectiveness Committee for math instruction.
Candice Smith, Westernport Elementary School
Candice Smith is a kindergarten teacher at Westernport Elementary School. In 2002, she graduated from Allegany College of Maryland with an Associate of Science degree in education. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood/elementary education from Frostburg State University in 2005. Candice is currently working towards her master’s degree in elementary education at West Virginia University. She has been a member of the School Improvement Team for the past three years. Candice also volunteers for the Fort Hill Mat Club and as a parent volunteer at Wily Ford Primary. Her classroom has been validated twice by the State of Maryland.
Larry Negley, Center for Career and Technical Education
Larry Negley began a career with the Allegany County Public Schools in 1979 as a Printing Technician I in the printing department. In 2001 he accepted a teaching position as the Graphics Communications instructor at the Career Center. Larry enrolled in educational classes at UMBC, GCC, ACM, FSU and as a result received his SPC in 2004 and his APC certificate in 2009. He serves on the Recruitment Team Committee and the Student Recognition Banquet Committee. His classroom received national PrintED accreditation in 2006. Larry has also served as yearbook advisor and production coordinator for the Board of Education printing department for the past eleven years. He has coached his sons sports teams for nearly fifteen years.
Meredith Irons, Cresaptown Elementary School (*Finalist)
Meredith Irons earned a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood/elementary education from Duquesne University in 2006 and a Master of Education degree in reading from Frostburg State University in 2010. She is currently in her sixth year of teaching at Cresaptown Elementary School where she has taught kindergarten and second grade. Meredith serves as the secretary of the Partnership Committee, teaches the fifth grade MSA tutoring program at the school, and is a member of the Instructional Consultation and School Improvement Teams. Meredith is also an active member in her church volunteering on the Pastor Nominating Committee.
Natalie Williams, Northeast Elementary School
Natalie Williams is a first grade teacher at Northeast Elementary School. She has been a member of the Northeast staff since 2003. Natalie graduated from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education. She also earned a Master’s degree in reading education from FSU in 2006. At Northeast, Natalie is a member of the School Improvement Team and is the co-chairperson of the School Achievement Team. She volunteers as a leader of Junior Girl Scout Troop 00158 and resides in Cumberland with her husband and two children.
E. Dianne Scott, Washington Middle School (*Finalist)
Dianne Scott received her Master of Arts in special education: multi-categorical mild/moderate disabilities from West Virginia University in June 2008. Her degree includes mental retardation, learning disabilities, and behavior disorders with additional coursework in autism. She received her Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Shepherd College in May 2002. Dianne has been a member of Mt. Zion Church in Keyser, WV, for ten years. She has provided care for their toddler program for nine of those years. Dianne has supported the American Cancer Society, breast cancer walks and autism walks for five years. This year, through her leadership, the autism and SLE classrooms are involved in fundraising activities to support the students from Washington Middle School participating in the Hooley Plunge.