Wicomico High School science teacher named Teacher of the Year
SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico High School science teacher Rebecca Mathews has been named the 2022-2023 Wicomico Teacher of the Year.
The announcement was made at the Teacher of the Year Spring Celebration, held at Kylan Barn in Delmar Wednesday evening.
Mrs. Mathews has taught at Wicomico High since 2014 and has collaborated with other teachers to align Biology courses with national standards, in addition to participating in or presenting at a dozen conferences since 2015. She is an enthusiastic supporter of student leadership and achievement, she advises the school’s Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Destination Imagination, and JROTC JLAB Team. She has also been involved with after school tutoring, Evening High School, summer school, credit recovery, GEAR UP, and Next Generation Scholars.
“Leaders are not simply born. They learn to hone their craft” through processes that engage them in collaborating with adults and classmates, writing and carrying out effective agendas, planning events, and more, she wrote in one of her Teacher of the Year scored prompts. While as a teacher she might find it easier to just do some of the work herself, far more is gained by her guiding students in doing it. “For my students, these opportunities to lead have helped them build a stronger and deeper connection to our school community, and the skills developed lead to opportunities in college and the workforce as they become campus mentors, residential advisors, Honor Council presidents, and commissioned Army officers. These amazing young people give me hope for communities near and far, big and small.”
The finalists for Wicomico Teacher of the Year included:
- Prince Street Elementary: Paige Baker
- James M. Bennett High: Kimberly Fitzgerald
- Wicomico High: Rebecca Mathews
- Special Programs, English Language Support Center: Miranda Ebeling
In connection with the Wicomico Teacher of the Year Recognition Program, the McCain Foundation recognized Ashley Keidel of Delmar Elementary as the winner of the 2022 Rising Star award, which honors outstanding second-year teachers. The finalists for this award, in addition to the winner, were Wesley Brouard (English Language Support Center), Thomas Cirillo (James M. Bennett High), and Alexis Woodard.