by Lisa Tome
Hours before Elkton High School Social Studies teacher Kelly O'Hara was officially named Cecil County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, those at Rising Sun Elementary feted their school's nominee.
On Wednesday, April 9, RSES hosted a party for kindergarten teacher Brandi Forsmark. She was nominated by school parents Steve and Melissa Supric. Supric explained that she nominated Forsmark, who taught both her son and daughter, because Forsmark deserves to be honored. Supric said that she nominated Forsmark due to her ability to juggle 22 students with a full spectrum of different needs. "She goes the extra yard to make sure students succeed. And she is very positive," said Supric.
"I'm very humbled. It's an indescribable feeling to have a parent feel that way about you. They (parents) trust me everyday with their kids," said Forsmark, who has a dozen years of teaching experience.
"I've wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. My third grade teacher gave me a love for learning that stays with you," said Forsmark.
"I already feel like a winner. This is so humbling."
The remaining nominees for Teacher of the Year from Cecil County Public Schools:
Bo Manor Middle math teacher Stephanie Bailey, Rising Sun Middle Phys.Ed/Health teacher David Beard, Cherry Hill Middle Phys. Ed/health teacher David Blankenship, Bay View Elementary fourth grade teacher Jessica Casbolt, North East Elementary kindergarten teacher Karen Clewer, Perryville Middle Language Arts teacher Scott Dellosso, Charlestown Elementary fourth and fifth grade teacher Kimberly Edler, Elk Neck Elementary fourth grade teacher Colleen Edwards, Perryville High School Math teacher Leah Gorrin, Thomson Estates Elementary Kindergarten teacher Joshua Hendrix, North East Elementary second grade teacher Sarah Hugo, North East High Science/STEM teacher Kerry Anne Kedzierski, Bo Manor High Social Studies teacher Michael Means, Rising Sun High Science teacher Linda Muzzey, Perryville Elementary fourth grade teacher Sarah Sickels, Cecilton Elementary Media Specialist Julene Stephan, North East Middle Special Education teacher Linda Still, and Holly Hall Elementary fifth grade teacher Krista Vanaskey.