A Pocomoke High School English teacher who takes pride in creating safe spaces for all students was named Worcester County’s 2022 Teacher of the Year in a Friday night ceremony.
Kristin Cashman won the top honor after beating 13 other nominees in the district.
Todd Ferrante, the vice president of the Board of Education, made the announcement, which followed a celebration of the 14 teachers who were up for the honor.
“I’m so proud of Kristin and all of the incredible teachers we honored tonight,” Superintendent Lou Taylor said during the celebration. “Kristin will be a fantastic representative not just for her school, but for our entire school system as she progresses through the state-level program. Her passionate advocacy for equality in education must be bliss.
In addition to teaching, Cashman leads his school’s equity team. A statement from the school system said it also takes pride in creating a safe space in its classroom for everyone who enters it.
No matter your race, ethnicity, creed, sexual orientation or identity, once you cross the threshold of my class, we become family,” Cashman said in his portfolio.
The space she creates is through healthy dialogue about historical texts like that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail.
“Lessons like this show how Cashman values and amplifies student voice(s) as they connect and explore different pieces of literature,” the statement read.
As a graduate of Salisbury University, where Cashman also works as an assistant professor in the education department, she is the coordinator of the Worcester on Wheels program – a mobile engagement and outreach program which won 1 million dollars through the state’s competitive program to support innovative education. solutions – as well as the Women Who Rise program, which was developed to create a pipeline for future female educators.
“A champion for all of her students and colleagues, Kristin ignites the entire building with energy and enthusiasm for this work,” said Pocomoke High School Principal Jenifer Rayne. “Every school, every county and every state needs Kristin Cashman!
Cashman was one of four finalists named last week to be in the running for Teacher of the Year. The other finalists were Steven Deakyne from Stephen Decatur High School, Lindsay Harrington from Stephen Decatur High School and Michael Levy from Worcester Technical High School.
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