BALTIMORE - It's one of best days in an educator's career; being named Teacher of the Year.
Tisha Edward, interim CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, surprised Elizabeth Barletta with such an honor.
A fifth-grade teacher at Barclay Elementary-Middle School, Barletta was chosen city teacher of the year in part because of her efforts on creating individual instruction based on student's needs.
“It’s not just me," Barletta said. "It’s a group effort—my coworkers, all of the other teachers, all the other staff, all the kids—it’s not just me. It’s everyone here at Barclay and everyone in Baltimore City.”
Barletta has taught for more than seven years in Baltimore, including the last four at Barclay. One reason Barletta stays at the school is because of her co-workers and students.
Barletta advances to the 2014 -15 Maryland State Teacher of the Year competition. The winner of that will represent the state at the national level.