Belatedly, recognizing Baltimore teachers
When it comes to recognizing teachers in Baltimore schools, better late than never. Following the news that the city's Teacher of the Year was selected from among only 13 nominees, Dr. Alonso sent a note to principals on May 12 asking each of them to select an outstanding teacher by May 19. He said the faculty should be part of the selection process. The winner at each school will get admission to a May 29 "bullpen party" sponsored by the city school system followed by the Orioles game, where Teacher of the Year Nicholas Greer will throw out the first pitch.
Next year, I think the goal will be to reverse the order, selecting an outstanding teacher from each school before selecting a citywide Teacher of the Year. But we take recognition when we can...
I'm pasting Alonso's letter to principals below.
This year we have made great strides in student achievement. To honor the hard work of
our teachers, I am asking each principal to work with his/her faculty to nominate and
select one outstanding teacher to attend a special celebration. Since this teacher will be
representing every teacher in your school, it is important that the faculty be involved in
In honor of the invaluable service that our teachers perform on behalf of our students and
their families, City Schools will host “Baltimore City Teacher Recognition Night” during
the Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Friday, May 29, 2009. Thanks to
the generosity of the Orioles, each outstanding teacher will receive one ticket to the
game. City Schools will host a Bullpen Party at 6:00 p.m., to be followed by the game
(starting time is 7:10 p.m.). Our teachers will be recognized during the game, and the first
pitch will be thrown out by Nicholas Greer, City Schools’ Teacher of the Year.
Please send the outstanding teacher’s name, home address, e-mail address and a one paragraph
teaching bio to Ms. Nancy Neilson at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 19, 2009. Your teacher will receive a game ticket and a special name tag for admission to the Bullpen Party (by U.S. mail), as well as directions to the gate and any special instructions. Each teacher will also receive a certificate of appreciation. Submit your selection early, to ensure that your school is recognized during this special celebration of great kids, great schools and great teachers.
My thanks to each of you and to every one of our teachers for your hard work on behalf
of our kids this year.
Andrés A. Alonso, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer