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Boonsboro teacher honored

April 26, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Kristine McGee, a fifth-grade teacher at Boonsboro Elementary School, was named Washington County Teacher of the Year Wednesday night.

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She received the award during a dinner and ceremoney at the Plaza Hotel.

McGee said she was "tickled to death" just to be nominated, let alone to win the award.

Her principal, Melissa Warren, said McGee was an appropriate recipient of the praise and recognition because of her hard work and dedication to her students.

"Kris is very deserving of this award," Warren said.

When it was announced that McGee had been selected for the award from among five finalists, she received a standing ovation from much of the audience, which included a cheering section of friends and colleagues.

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"You heard the cheering section," McGee later said. "I have the world's greatest team."

A beaming McGee initially said, "There are a lot of people here who will be amazed that I'm speechless."

But she soon began thanking friends, relatives and others, and told the gathering, "I always wanted to be a teacher."

"I am just tickled to death to be here ... I feel really lucky to be part of this," she said.

McGee graduated from Boonsboro High School, received her bachelor's degree from Towson State University and her master's degree from Frostburg State University.

She is the chairperson of the social studies committee, the fifth-grade team leader and a member of the school improvement team. She mentors new teachers, coaches varsity volleyball and teaches a Foundations of Reading class at Frostburg.

She was nominated by a parent who said, "We were fortunate to have both our sons go through fifth grade with Mrs. McGee as their teacher. She brings a quality of instruction to the classroom that is both exciting and informative."

For being named Teacher of the Year, she received two $500 checks, one from the Washington County Board of Education, and one from the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, which jointly sponsored the event.

By receiving the local honor, she qualifies to compete in the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition.

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