Nine SCPS Teachers Selected as Their Schools' Teacher of the Year

Princess Anne Elementary School
Sarah Perdue
     Art teacher Sarah Perdue is Princess Anne Elementary School’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. She has been an art teacher at Princess Anne Elementary School since August 2007.  Throughout her ten years in education, her responsibilities have also included teaching art at Deal Island Elementary School and co-teaching reading and math.  Ms. Perdue earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and graphic design from Salisbury University in 2004, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  She earned a Master of Arts degree in Art Education from UMES in 2007.  This year, she received the Career Art Teacher award for Somerset County from the Maryland State Department of Education.  Ms. Perdue serves in many school organizations including co-leader for the Wellness Committee, a member of the Math Committee and Somerset Education Association school representative.  In addition, she founded the Art Club, facilitates Art & Wellness Nights at the school and participates in numerous school events. She is active in her church and she and her students have raised over $2000 for cancer patients, children in medical need and victims of domestic violence.

Crisfield Academy & High School
Emily E. Boland

Physical Education and Health teacher Ms. Emily E. Boland is Crisfield Academy & High School’s 2017 Teacher of the Year and has been a member of the Crisfield High School faculty since August 2007.  Prior to joining the Somerset County educational team, Ms. Boland graduated from Salisbury University in May of 2007 with Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education.  In addition, she graduated with a Master’s of Science in Applied Health Physiology with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from Salisbury University in May 2015.  For the past 10 years, she has been actively involved in the Athletic Department of Crisfield High School as head coach of the Girls’ Varsity Softball Team as well as assisting in multiple other sports such as basketball and golf. Within the classroom, she has taught health, physical education, lifetime sports, fitness and conditioning, weight training and 8th grade physical education.  In addition to her teaching and coaching roles within the school, Ms. Boland is also a member of the Crisfield High School Positive Behavior Intervention Support team (PBIS) as well as the physical education curriculum development team for Somerset County. Her influence extends past the walls of the high school and into the community through her leadership in athletics, being a member of the Bayside Conference Coaches Association and an active member of the Crisfield community through fundraising efforts for sports teams. She said, “My passion for sports and education has led me to a career in teaching.  Teaching provides a unique opportunity to guide and support the dreams of my students.”


Deal Island Elementary School
Rebecca Pratte
      Deal Island Elementary School’s third grade teacher Ms. Rebecca Pratte has been selected as he school’s Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Pratte currently teaches all subjects as a 3rd grade teacher at Deal Island Elementary School.  She has taught at Deal Island for four years and has taught a total of eight years within Somerset County Public Schools.   She taught for four years at Greenwood Elementary School, teaching math and science for fourth grade as well as math intervention for first through fifth grade students.  Ms. Pratte graduated from Salisbury University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education with a minor in biology.  She loves teaching in the classroom.  She said, “My favorite moments are when I see the connection my students make with the content to the real world, or when a topic that was generally considered tough is understood for the first time.  These light bulb moments are what make this job the sweetest for me.”  In addition, she has coordinated winter clothing and toiletries drives for the local homeless shelters in the area involving staff, students and parents in the initiatives.  Ms. Pratte assists in teaching second grade Sunday school at her local church.  Of great importantance she stated, “Currently, I am collaborating with the foundation department of PRMC to start something in the honor of my deceased daughter, Evie. 

Washington Academy & High School
Greg Lasinski

     Washington Academy & High School’s 2017 Teacher of the Year is Mr. Greg Lasinski.  Mr. Lasinski has been teaching Health and Physical Education at Washington Academy & High School since 2014.  Prior to his tenure at WAHS, he taught Health and Physical Education at Somerset Intermediate from 2009-2014. Prior to his arrival in Somerset County, he taught for a year from 2008-2009 in Prince George’s County Public Schools.  Mr. Lasinski earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury University in 2007 with a major in physical education and a minor in psychology.    He is finishing a Master’s Degree in Applied Health Physiology in May 2017.  Mr. Lasinski said, “I enjoy working with children and having the opportunity to influence their lives.”  His hard work within the classroom and extracurricular activities indicate he means what he says.  He is the head football coach at Washington High School, was the JV baseball coach for the past three seasons and is part of the Washington High School Hockey Club.

J. M. Tawes Technology and Career Center
Larry Eberly
     Computer Assisted Design teacher Mr. Larry Eberly has been named J. M. Tawes Technology and Career Center’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.  He has been teaching in Somerset County since 2009.  He obtained an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from York Technical Institute and then a Bachelor’s in Education from York College of Pennsylvania in 2008.  While working with students Mr. Eberly stated, “I enjoy learning about what the student’s hobbies are, and formulating a learning plan for each student to match their interests.”  He manages the school’s website and hopes to utilize various aspects of communication to add sponsors for programs and the school. He said, “I wanted to go into teaching to help students realize they can achieve through their efforts and positive choices.”

Greenwood Elementary School
Joan Hill-Dashiell

     Pre-Kindergarten teacher Ms. Joan Hill- Dashiell has been selected as Greenwood Elementary School’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.  She has completed twenty years of service in Somerset County Public Schools.  For 14 of those years she taught second and third grades at both Princess Anne Elementary School and Greenwood Elementary School. Ms. Hill-Dashiell is a Somerset County native born and reared in Crisfield, MD by her parents John and Regina Hill.  She graduated from Crisfield High School.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sojourner-Douglass College in Human Growth and Development and a Master’s in Education in School Counseling from Wilmington University. She said, “I believe every child can learn and that learning should be engaging and fun.”  For her, Pre-Kindergarten students learn through play and it is very instrumental to their development.  In addition, Ms. Hill-Dashiell stated, “I believe that having a positive attitude and a lifelong love for learning make my classroom an enjoyable learning environment.”  Regarding her love for teaching she said, “It is a gift that I get to do what I love.”

Marion Sarah Peyton School-Somerset Promise Academy
Amy Heger
     Marion Sarah Peyton School/Somerset Promise Academy Secondary English Language Arts teacher Ms. Amy Heger has been named her school’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.  After moving to the Eastern Shore for college, Ms. Heger received a Bachelor's Degree in English from Salisbury University. She student taught in Somerset County and began her Master's Degree at UMES the summer of 2004. She received her degree in Special Education in 2006. She worked in several programs serving students with emotional disturbance, including at Maple Shade School where she was the 2008 Employee of the Year. She returned to Somerset County in 2010. After teaching English at Washington Academy and High School, she requested to transfer to Somerset Promise Academy to return to her passion of working with students with behavioral needs. She enjoys working in the team model with her fellow teachers, staff and administration to better serve her students. Ms. Heger is in the final stages of finishing her dissertation to complete her Ed.D. in Special Education from Walden University. She is passionate about helping students and working with them systematically and professionally to help them transition back to the home school.

Somerset Intermediate School
Megan Phipps-Dickerson McGillen
Somerset Intermediate School’s seventh grade math and science teacher Megan McGillen has been recognized as the school’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.   She has been a teacher at the school since 2011.  She is currently teaching 7th grade math and science.  Ms. McGillen graduated from Salisbury University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with double minors in mathematics and middle school science.  She will graduate in May 2017 with a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She said, “My favorite thing about teaching is inspiring students to never stop asking questions.  Where there is the ability to question, there is the ability to learn.   It is the love of learning that I hope to instill in my students, and it is the passion for learning that will ensure their success throughout life.”  She is involved in a number of extracurricular projects including collection of Box Tops, acting as a mentor teacher for student interns and helping to design the SIS yearbook.  Ms. McGillen avails herself of Professional Development opportunities.  She teachers Vacation Bible School at her church.