Meet our Northern Candidates for Teacher of the Year

Meet our Northern Candidates for Teacher of the Year
Posted on 03/03/2016

By: Carrie Sterrs, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs and Coordinator of the Teacher of the Year Program

In the last two issues of the Worcester County Times, we have introduced to you the Pocomoke and Snow Hill area candidates for the 2016 Worcester County Teacher of the Year Program.  The program, which identifies a top-teacher from each of the system’s 14 schools, celebrates innovative teachers who dedicate their time and talents to prepare students for college and career, while inspiring their colleagues.  Below are introductions to our final candidates for the honor: candidates from our Northern area schools.

Kristina Belcher

Kristina Belcher graduated from Stephen Decatur High School and attended Salisbury University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English/Secondary Education and a Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. She began teaching at Stephen Decatur High School in 2003 where she is a ninth and tenth grade English teacher and READ 180 instructor. Kristina has high expectations for her students and challenges herself to create learning experiences that are captivating and memorable for them. Kristina is Nationally Board Certified, Special Education certified, a Professional Development Site Coordinator, and is ardently involved with the Eastern Shore Writing project.

Kristy Clark

Kristy Clark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Salisbury State University, and her Masters of Education in School Administration from Wilmington University.  Mrs. Clark is in her fifteenth year at Berlin Intermediate School, and currently teaches sixth grade Mathematics.  Clark strives to create a cooperative learning environment where students feel safe, and are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves.  She is mentor teacher to university interns, a co-chair on her School Improvement Team, a lead teacher for instituting Engrade at BIS, and has successfully complete three math cohorts with Salisbury University.

Robyn Diesel

Robyn Diesel earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a minor in Early Childhood from Misericordia University. She graduated with a Masters of Education in Elementary Reading and Mathematics from Walden University. Diesel began teaching at Ocean City Elementary School in 2006 and currently teaches Kindergarten. To help students reach their highest academic potential, Diesel incorporates various learning styles and strategies into her lessons. She loves teaching Kindergarten and believes in all of her students. Diesel serves on her school’s 5D implementation team, the mathematics improvement team, has served as team leader, and mentored SDHS students who want to pursue teaching as their profession.  

Erin Gibson

Erin Gibson earned a Bachelor of Science in General and Special Education from the University of Delaware and a Masters in School Psychology from Fairfield University.  Throughout her sixteen years of teaching, Mrs. Gibson has worked with diverse student populations as a special and general educator in a variety of urban, suburban and rural communities.  She currently teaches first grade at Showell Elementary School.  She believes that creating an engaging environment where students feel valued is the foundation for their success.  Mrs. Gibson has served as a team leader, mentor to university interns, and representative for the Writers Workshop initiative at her school.  

Kate Lutz

Kate Lutz graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and earned a Master’s of Education in Special Education from Wilmington University.  She is currently in her seventh year at Stephen Decatur Middle School teaching Special Education.  Lutz wants all students, no matter what struggles they have, to grow and learn with confidence.  Her goal is to guide students to realize their potential and inspire lifelong learning.  She is a mentor teacher for the county, teacher in the After School and Summer Academies, a member of the School Improvement Team, and Special Education Lead Teacher for her building.

Anne Mears

Anne Mears earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Education from Towson University with a minor in Psychology, a Masters of Education in Reading from Walden University and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. Doctorate in Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy from Salisbury University.     Mears is a 1st grade teacher at Buckingham Elementary School.  She believes the key to a successful classroom is to know her students, to plan engaging lessons and to set high expectations in order for her students to reach their full potential.  Mears has served as a mentor for Wor-Wic and Salisbury University interns.  She is also a member of the Disciplinary Literacy Team and school improvement team.

            If you have additional questions about the Worcester County Teacher of the Year Program, please contact me at 410-632-5092.