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Corwell-Martin competing for state teaching honor

September 11, 1998

A teacher at Salem Avenue Elementary is a semi-finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year.

"It's really an honor. It was really a nice surprise," said Carol Corwell-Martin, 41, one of seven teachers in the running for the state award.

Corwell-Martin, who in April was named Washington County Teacher of the Year for 1998, is a teacher and curriculum coordinator at Salem Avenue.

She started the Children and Adults Reaching for Excellence (CARE) mentoring program that brings adults into the school once a week to meet one-on-one with students.

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She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Frostburg State College and a master's degree in elementary education and counseling from Shippensburg University.

The semi-finalists were selected by a committee of teachers, school administrators, legislators, parents and representatives of the higher education and business communities.

"The commitment and talents of these outstanding teachers represent the very best in education in Maryland," said state Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick.

The seven will be interviewed by the judging committee on Sept. 19 and the Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced Oct. 16.

"It would be a nice honor, but if I don't go any further, that would be nice, too," Corwell-Martin said.

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