SALISBURY, Md. — Maryland’s Teachers of the Year come from many regions and backgrounds, and teach varied subjects at different grade levels.
This year, however, many of them have one thing in common: a Salisbury University degree.
Nine Salisbury University alumni have been named Teachers of the Year in counties statewide for 2011-12, the most of any higher education institution represented in the state.
In all, more than one in three of this year’s honorees are Sea Gulls, including Katharine Long of Washington County.
Long, who teaches eighth-grade social studies at Western Heights Middle School, received her B.A. in history in 2006.
Long said that “a large portion of who I am comes from the strategies that I learned” from faculty member Joel Jenne and that Don Whaley and Dean Kotlowski of the history department “inspired me to provide my students with information in a way that is inspiring to them.”
She credits her experiences with Salisbury’s Greek and honors organizations — specifically Alpha Sigma Tau and Kappa Delta Pi — with helping to prepare her for life after college.