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Recognition offers opportunity, county’s teacher of the year says

Recognition offers opportunity, county’s teacher of the year says

An educator at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, who believes veteran educators can play a key role in teacher retention and that to achieve on standardized tests students must be consistently challenged to think, has been named Baltimore County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

The Examiner

May 9, 2008

 

An educator at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, who believes veteran educators can play a key role in teacher retention and that to achieve on standardized tests students must be consistently challenged to think, has been named Baltimore County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

 

John Billingslea, 40, also says violence in schools has less to do with the schools and more about societal influences.

 

“Violence has always been in schools, but we’re hearing more and more about it because of the media,” said the Maryland native, who lives in Harford County. “Yet schools can be part of the solution [for instance by attracting] young teachers who are not only committed to the profession, but who can also be good role models.”

 

Billingslea, who has taught in the BCPS system for 17 years — 11 at Franklin — said that while attending graduate school at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, he set his sights on becoming a principal.

 

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