Battle Grove teacher recognized with statewide award
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:49

Honored for work with gifted students

by Nicole Rodman

    Each year, the Maryland State Department of Education (MDE) honors teachers and schools from across the state with the Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland Awards.
    The awards honor educators who have displayed excellence in serving Gifted and Talented students at schools across Maryland.
    This year, one local teacher — Tara Greenwood of Battle Grove Elementary School — was selected to receive a Teacher as Leader in Gifted and Talented Education award from MDE.
    Greenwood, a 15-year veteran of Battle Grove Elementary, currently serves as the school’s staff development teacher.
    “I am working with a variety of teachers in and out of the classroom,” Greenwood explained. “This position allows me the unique opportunity to collaborate with many of our talented staff members at various grade levels as we support all of our amazing students.”
    She was nominated for the award by Donna Godwin, a Gifted and Talented resource teacher with the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Office of Gifted and Talented Education.
    She was notified in mid-January that she had been selected to receive the honor.
    For Greenwood, winning the award has been “a surreal experience.”
    “To be considered for an award such as this has left me feeling very humbled and appreciative,” she said.
    In the classroom, Greenwood maintains high expectations for all of her students.
    As she explained, she works hard to keep students active and engaged.
    “Students are engaged when they are learning something new and they see the relevance of the task outside the classroom,” she said.
    “Truly engaged students are the ones that are making choices about their learning and how to express it.”
    In addition to working with students at Battle Grove, Greenwood has also collaborated with the BCPS Office of Gifted and Talented Education to develop curriculum for students at all BCPS schools.
  

“In this way, she has influenced how gifted children learn throughout Baltimore County,” Battle Grove principal Jennifer Gounaris explained.
    According to Gounaris, it is Greenwood’s commitment and passion for education that make her invaluable to BCPS and the Battle Grove community.
    “She has gone above and beyond to create innovative lessons and programs designed to engage and enrich learning for our gifted students,” Gounaris noted.    
    “She demonstrates true passion for teaching and learning and this certainly transfers to her students,” she added.
    Greenwood, along with other Gifted and Talented teachers from across the state, was honored during a ceremony at North County High School in Glen Burnie on Feb. 27.
    Regardless of how many awards and kudos she garners, for Greenwood, it is all about her students and colleagues at Battle Grove.
    “Battle Grove is simply a special place,” Greenwood explained. “The staff, administration and community have the students’ best interests in their hearts. We work hard and play hard – it’s a great balance.”