Two Pre-K Teachers Awarded Teacher of the Year in New Mexico and Maryland
WBUR Public Radio; Boston - Early childhood educators rarely get the spotlight typically saved for K-12 teachers. But that’s starting to change, as two states have recently awarded teachers of young children top honors.
Berol Dewdney, a Pre-K teacher at the Commodore John Rogers School in Baltimore, was recently named Maryland's State Teacher of the Year.
Out West, Tara Hughes, a special education teacher at the Nye Early Childhood Center in Santa Fe, is now New Mexico's State Teacher of the Year. They'll both be in the running for National Teacher of the Year this spring.
The National Teacher of the Year award for instance has been around since the 1950s, but it didn't go to a preschool teacher until two years ago.
Hughes and Dewdney share how they hope their awards are a sign that our culture is starting to embrace the importance of early education in a child's life.
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*Archived from H&H's Constant Contact Newsletter [12.5.2022]