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P.G. County Briefs: Laura Shelton Named Teacher of the Year

Dorothy Rowley | 5/7/2014, 3 p.m.
Laura Shelton, science teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Morningside, Md., has been named the ...

Laura Shelton, science teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Morningside, Md., has been named the 2014 Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year.

The announcement was recently made at the school system’s annual “Teacher of the Year Celebration” at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Md.

“Our new Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year embodies all of the qualities that ensure success in the classroom,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, schools CEO. “Mrs. Shelton is a master of her content area, engages and motivates her students, has high expectations for achievement, and works hard to ensure students have what they need to succeed.”

Shelton has spent her 15-year career serving students in Prince George’s County where she first taught math at Stephen Decatur Middle School in August 1999. She then transferred to Thurgood Marshall Middle School in 2008 before joining the Benjamin D. Foulois staff in August 2011, where she continues to serve students in the Morningside community.

June 13 Last Day of School

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery has approved a two-day waiver request from the school system after a previous four-day waiver request was declined.

As a result of severe weather conditions, county schools closed a total of eight instructional days this school year.

Prior to the start of the current academic year, four inclement weather make-up days were built into the current academic calendar, and with the approved two-day waiver schools will be able to fulfill the state mandate of providing 180-days of instruction per year.

In fulfilling this requirement, school officials have modified the school calendar by extending the current school year by two days.

Thursday, June 12 will be a full day of instruction, and Friday, June 13 will be a half-day of instruction. The last day for teachers will be determined at a later time.

Daylong Golfing Event

The 4th annual “Golfing for Education” tournament for the county’s schools will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, June 19 at the Country Club at Woodmore, 12320 Pleasant Prospect in Mitchellville, Md.

The tournament provides the county school system with an opportunity to fund education-related programs that directly benefit students.

Proceeds from the event will go to the “Excellence in Education Foundation” for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Whether supporters of the event are golfers, sports fans or children’s advocates, they are urged to join the fun.

For more information, please visit the “Golfing for Education” Web page.

Regional Poetry Winner

Aquilah Nelson, a junior at Bowie High School, is among the top three regional winners of “Poetry Out Loud.” The event helps students learn about poetry while mastering their public speaking skills.

For her efforts, Aquilah advanced in late March to the state semifinals held at the Maryland Institute College of the Arts in Baltimore.

“Congratulations to Aquilah Nelson for making it to the semifinal round of the competition,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, schools CEO. “‘Poetry Out Loud’ allows students to not only learn about poetry, but it gives them confidence while mastering public speaking skills.”

Aquilah advanced to the state level by winning her grade, school, and county level competitions and by placing third in the regional competition in February.

Aquilah’s winning poems included, “For the Young Who Want To” by Marge Piercy, “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson, and “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye.