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County teacher finalist for state award

October 18, 1998

By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer




While Carol Corwell-Martin may not have won the Maryland Teacher of the Year, her colleagues here in Washington County know she is a true winner.

Corwell-Martin, curriculum coordinator at Salem Avenue Elementary School, was one of seven finalists for the top spot picked during a ceremony Friday night at Martin's West near Baltimore.

She had been named Washington County Teacher of the Year for 1998 last spring and a finalist in early fall.

Donna Messina, spokesman for the Washington County School Board, said Saturday that "the state's loss is our gain."

"This way, Carol will still be in the classroom ... the state won't be taking her away and making demands on her time," Messina said.

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At Salem Avenue, Corwell-Martin, 41, started the Children and Adults Reaching for Excellence (CARE) mentoring program that brings 22 adults into the school once a week to meet one-on-one with students.

She's recruited four of the five Washington County Commissioners for the program, and the fifth, Gregory I. Snook, has promised to help out, she said.

Corwell-Martin, a 17-year veteran, said that she had a realization around 1990 about the true role of a teacher.

"There's a lot more to being a teacher than just what's going on in the classroom," she said.

Children need to establish caring relationships with responsible adults through mentors and other programs, she said.

In addition to being curriculum coordinator, Corwell-Martin teaches third-grade math groups and language arts groups. Before becoming curriculum coordinator last year, she was a third-grade teacher.

Corwell-Martin graduated from Frostburg State College with a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1978 and earned a master's degree in elementary education and counseling from Shippensburg University in 1985.

She received a $500 check from the Washington County Board of Education, $500 from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and a three-credit tuition voucher from Frostburg State University.

She lives with her husband, Dave Martin, in Greencastle, Pa.

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