CENTREVILLE — Surrounded by all the students of Centreville Elementary School, Teacher of the Year Heather Efland received a 2019 Ford Escape Monday, Sept. 23, courtesy of Hertrich Ford of Easton.
The school assembly was also attended by Dr. Andrea Kane, superintendent of Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, members of the Board of Education, and George Greenway, general manager for Hertrich Ford of Easton.
“I’ve taught here for 12 years and started right out of college, and this is my home now, and I love this county,” said Efland, who teaches music for kindergarten to second grade. “We teachers have such great family support through the our students and out Parent/ Teacher Association. We’re just so lucky to be in Queen Anne’s County.”
Kane echoed those sentiments saying that celebrating the county’s success in education starts with recognizing a talented staff.
“Events like this gives us an opportunity to recognize our most dedicated, most loved and most skilled teachers,” Kane said. “Sometimes there’s not much that some school districts can do to do that, but this is one opportunity to collaborate with our business partners to make our teachers feel special. The entire school was out and these kids love her.”
Kane also stressed the tight-knit community that is Centreville and the qualities that make it ideal for educators to be part of the larger community.
Greenway noted how special it was for the dealership to work with educators to show gratitude for their efforts.
“This is one of the most rewarding things we can do for our (teachers),” Greenway. “I have three children in the Queen Anne’s County public school system and there’s just nothing more rewarding than honoring Teacher of the Year.”
Efland is a multi-year nominee. She was chosen for her enthusiasm and efforts in making those around her “shine,” this includes not only her students, but also her co-workers. Efland’s co-workers call her “Little Mary Sunshine” because she is always smiling. Last year, Efland was the recipient of the QACPS Spirit Award.