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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | April 30, 2013
One of two men charged in Monday's armed robbery of the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union on Virginia Avenue robbed it three years earlier, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Circuit Court records. Cruz Daniel Maldonado, 21, of 398 Bryan Place in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty in January 2011 to the April 19, 2010, robbery of the credit union, Washington County Circuit Court records show. Judge W. Kennedy Boone III, now retired, sentenced him to 15 years in prison, but suspended 10 years, court records say. Maldonado was released from prison in November, according to Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.
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Lisa Prejean | April 25, 2013
As a teacher, I have had to deal with parents who feel their children have been slighted in some way. It is my goal to treat every concern as if it is legitimate. Sometimes parents just need someone to vent to, and a teacher seems like a logical choice. Think about it. Few people spend more time with a child or a teen than the teachers who instruct him or her on a daily basis. There are perhaps some days that I spend more time with my students than their parents do. Hopefully, I am getting to know these young people and can sense if something is wrong.
OPINION
April 23, 2013
The term “globalization,” as it is currently understood, has not been around all that long. Today, we don't flinch if our X-rays are read, real time, by a doctor in India. But a decade ago it would have been the stuff of fiction. It is fitting in several ways that Japanese language teacher Ayako Shiga was named Washington County Teacher of the Year for 2013-14. The Boonsboro teacher was honored Wednesday during a ceremony at Fountain Head Country Club before an audience of 170 people.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
Martinsburg South Middle School teacher Jeremy Anne Knight's attempt to avoid taking up the family profession only led her back into the fold. “I came from a family of teachers, so I thought I was sure of the one thing I wasn't going to do,” said Knight, who was recently named the 2013 middle school Mathematics Teacher of the Year by the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Knight, 47, said she had to join the U.S. Army to figure out that teaching was in fact her professional calling in life after all. “I ran away from it,” said Knight, who grew up on Long Island, N.Y. At the University of Virginia, she was in the Army ROTC Cavalier Battalion and enlisted as an officer upon graduating with a degree in English.
NEWS
April 18, 2013
Grants to teachers in Franklin County public schools will be awarded to encourage the innovative use of technology in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, is offering the Innovative Technology Challenge Grants to educators in all six school districts. The deadline for applications is June 28. Applicants will be evaluated based on three key criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2013
Ayako Shiga, the Japanese language teacher at Boonsboro High School, was named Washington County Public Schools' 2013-14 Teacher of the Year on Wednesday night. “I truly feel honored to accept this award on behalf of all the teachers - hard-working, wonderful teachers of Washington County Public Schools. Thank you very much,” Shiga told the crowd of about 170 people at the Fountain Head Country Club. Shiga, 35, of Chambersburg, Pa., was one of five finalists for the award, which is sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
EDUCATION
April 14, 2013
A teacher at Highland View Academy in Hagerstown is among 27 science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators who were selected for the 2013-14 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program, according to the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education. Ophelia Barizo will serve at the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering, Emerging Frontiers in Research Innovation Division, under the guidance of Rosemarie Wesson. Selected educators will serve in Washington, D.C., for 11 months, beginning Sept.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2013
All six Eastern Panhandle Republican members of the West Virginia House of Delegates voted against a bill that requires central office administrators to substitute for absent teachers three days a year. Senate Bill 80 was sent Tuesday to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as a move to reduce substitute teacher costs, which can amount to $125 per day per substitute. Seventy-eight Democrats in the House of Delegates voted for the bill, while 20 Republicans opposed the measure. Area Republicans opposed the bill because the authority to enforce it rested with the state, not local school boards.
EDUCATION
April 7, 2013
Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Washington County Public Schools will celebrate excellence in education and recognize the 2013-14 Washington County Teacher of the Year Finalists. The event will take place Wednesday, April 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Fountain Head Country Club, 13316 Fountainhead Road in Hagerstown. The teachers to be honored are:  Beth Hoffman, North Hagerstown High School, 10th grade English teacher  Sally Irwin, Washington County Technical High School, Project Lead the Way biomedical science teacher  Tameron Marriner, Rockland Woods Elementary School, kindergarten teacher  Ayako Shiga, Boonsboro High School, Japanese language teacher  Matt Tack, Fountaindale Elementary School, fifth-grade magnet teacher The winner will receive the use of a car for one year.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 2, 2013
A child exploitation investigation involving a former Chambersburg Area Senior High School teacher so far has not indicated he perpetrated any physical sex crimes against victims, the lead investigator said Tuesday. Jeffrey Schmutzler was arrested March 21 at his Fayetteville, Pa., home by federal agents. The Spanish teacher submitted his resignation Tuesday morning, according to school officials. Schmutzler remains incarcerated on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography.
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