The Art of Teaching
CHESTERTOWN, MD—Washington College alumna Aimee Kidd Boumiea ’07 was recently awarded the 2013 Teacher of the Year Award at Chestertown’s H.H. Garnett Elementary School. A former Art major at Washington College, Boumiea also teaches Art in Kent County’s other two elementary schools, in Worton and Galena, reaching a total of more than 600 students in grades pre-K through fifth.
Boumiea began teaching at H.H. Garnett the fall after she graduated from Washington College, where she majored in Art and Art History, minored in Creative Writing, and earned Certification in Education for Art. She felt prepared by her coursework, she says. “I was taught time management and organizational skills that I use every day in my planning. And in my education classes, I was able to try out new techniques and role-play with my peers to better understand how a lesson might work and anticipate any behavioral problems that could occur.”
Teaching can be difficult, she acknowledges. “Teachers put in long hours and deal with many different challenges. I think a great teacher is one who is able to inspire their students to hve a love for learning, grow their creativity, and allow them the opportunity to achieve. I work with an outstanding group of teachers who are all very dedicated,” she continues. “I am amazed that I was nominated as Teacher of the Year. It feels great that they recognize what I do for the school and that they have selected me to represent them.”
The honor from Garnett puts Boumiea in the running for the county-wide title of Teacher of the Year. That winner will be announced in late April, 2013, and will then be considered for the statewide honor. — Kimberly Uslin