Poly's Nicholas Greer is Baltimore Teacher of the Year
It was fun walking into the 29-year-old biology teacher's classroom this morning with Dr. Alonso, Poly Principal Barney Wilson, BTU officials, school board members, administrators and television camera crews, and an administrator toting a cart full of prizes. "You're kidding me," was the response from Greer, who was wearing a pink shirt as part of Poly's spirit week, for which students raised money for breast cancer research.
It's clear that Greer is an excellent teacher ("the best teacher I've had yet," said student Denzel Hamilton, 14). He teaches Ingenuity biology, honors bio, and Ingenuity science and computers. He also coaches Poly's boys soccer team, mentors a UMBC intern, and chairs the School Family Council at Poly.
But I have to pose the same question as I did last year: Why weren't there more candidates for the award? Greer was selected from among 13 applicants, about twice as many as last year (when there were seven, but two disqualified) and three times as many as the years before that. The application process was streamlined a bit this year but is still extensive. A teacher must be nominated by a principal or colleague, and people just don't seem to be taking the time. Dr. Alonso says he wants to start a Teacher of the Year award at each of the city's nearly 200 schools, so then in the future the citywide winner would be selected from that pool.
Cecily Anderson of Catonsville Middle School was named Baltimore County's Teacher of the Year yesterday.
The photo of Greer and Alonso above was shot by Sun photographer Lloyd Fox.