The Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce Honors Outstanding Educators

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The Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce recognizes the importance of a well educated workforce and the skills and talents that it takes to educate the future workforce. Therefore, the Chamber has an annual event where it honors outstanding educators from member schools. The teachers selected for this honor were nominated by their principals or, in the case of CCBC, by their academic dean, for their outstanding teaching and leadership skills as well as their involvement in activities outside of the classroom. All the winners are truly leaders in their respective schools. This year, 23 outstanding educators from 20 Baltimore County Public Schools, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Calvert Hall College and the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex Campus were honored at the Chamber's 63rd Annual Teacher Recognition Awards and Installation Dinner. All the teachers received a plaque, a citation from Senator Kathy Klausmeier, Delegate Joe Boteler, Delegate Pat McDonough and a variety of gifts from Chamber members. Five teachers were selected as spokespersons for the group. Each one spoke eloquently about the meaning of teaching. In addition to the teacher awards, the Anthony Lawston Strength to Overcome Adversity Award and scholarship was presented to Daniel Goldsborough from Calvert Hall College. Daniel is an inspiration to all who meet him, and it was an honor to recognize this fine young gentleman with this award and scholarship. This event also provided an opportunity for students from area schools to showcase their skills and talents. The program booklets were printed by students from Kenwood High School, musical entertainment and the singing of the national anthem was provided by students from Perry Hall High School, and the ROTC from Kenwood High presented the colors at the event. All the students' efforts and talents were enjoyed by all in attendance. Other highlights of the evening were the installation of Chamber board members and officers by Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Pat Stringer. Gayle Adams, Chamber President, presented the Dedicated Service Award to William Bafitis from Bafitis & Associates, Inc. for six years of service to the Chamber. Bill was president of the chamber in 1994 and 1995 and is currently the chairperson of the program committee. His dedication and service to the Chamber are greatly appreciated. The Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce appreciates the generous support from Franklin Square Hospital Center, the title sponsor for the event, and from the other very important sponsors. The Chamber also appreciates the hard work of the members of its Workforce Development Committee; their efforts made this wonderful event possible.


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