Talbot Co. Schools announce Teacher, Support Staff of the Year
EASTON, Md. – Talbot County Public School officials have announced the 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year.
We’re told officials made the announcement with a surprise drive-by celebration at the home of each winner.
This year’s Teacher of the Year is Mr. David Cherry, an Algebra II and Precalculus teacher at Easton High School. Officials say Cherry is a dedicated educator who is devoted to building positive student teacher relationships and the success of all his students. Before joining Talbot County Public Schools, Cherry taught mathematics at Cambridge South Dorchester High School, where he held many leadership roles, led professional development, assisted in writing mathematics curriculum, and coached Varsity Soccer. He was nominated for TCPS Teacher of the Year in 2018-2019, in addition to being a Dorchester County Public Schools First Class Teacher of the Year nominee and a Cambridge South Dorchester Teacher of the Month.
This year’s Support Staff of the Year is Ms. Tasha Aikens, a Special Education Instructional Assistant for the school system. We’re told she has been with Talbot County Public Schools since 2002, and has been at Easton High School for the past five years. She helps implement plans and programs related to attaining academic and functional skills for students with mental, physical, and/or emotional learning challenges. She helps students in daily specials and general education settings, helps them develop social skills outside of the classroom, and collects data for Individual Education Plan goals and objectives.
Officials say Aikens has received recognition for her outstanding commitment to students throughout her career, including the Instructional Support Staff Award, Applebee’s Support Staff of the Month, and Staff Appreciation Awards form the Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee each year during her tenure.