LEONARDTOWN, Md. (June 10, 2011)—Ms. Catherine Kennedy, an instructional resource teacher for St. Mary's County Public Schools, is the 2011 recipient of the annual Hope Swann Educator's Hall of Fame Award. This award, established by the Margaret Brent High School Alumni Association, recognizes an outstanding educator who best exemplifies the strong character, standards, and ideals of Hope Swann, a long-time science educator in St. Mary's County who made countless contributions to the community.
Ms. Kennedy joined St. Mary's County Public Schools in 1980 as a science teacher at Margaret Brent Middle School, and has served as a resource teacher for science instruction since 2007.
"Ms. Kennedy is an exceptional educator who continues to make a tremendous impact on teaching and learning in science," said Dr. Martirano, superintendent of schools. "As a teacher-leader who promotes active, inquiry-based learning, she is most deserving of this recognition."
As the recipient of this award, Ms. Kennedy will receive $500 and have her name added to the Hope Swann Hall of Fame plaque located in the school system's Central Administration building on Moakley Street in Leonardtown. In addition, Ms. Kennedy was recognized at the June 8, 2011, Board of Education meeting.