Salisbury – Eight Lower Eastern Shore teachers from seven schools have been named finalists as the Best-Mannered Teacher for the 2010-2011 School Year by the Eastern Shore Chapter of the National League of Junior Cotillions.
The finalists were nominated by students of the Eastern Shore Chapter of NLJC as the teachers who best demonstrated the manners being taught to the middle-school students.
The National League of Junior Cotillions Eastern Shore Chapter just announced the finalists as Laurene Abent of Faith Baptist Church, Berlin, MD, nominated by Ana Valdes; Courtney Baxter of Bennett Middle School nominated by Kevon Turnamian, Kathy Fahey of Worcester Preparatory School nominated Meridith Kellam and Nikhil Moondra; Denise Hopkins of Holly Grove Christian School nominated by Joshua Bale; Bev Points nominated by Daria Usab and Monna Winslow nominated by Michaela Miller of The Salisbury School; Janet Smith of St. Francis de Sales School nominated by Hayden Eutsler and Sydney O’Dell; and Jay Waggoner of Salisbury Middle School nominated by Lauren Bailey. Said Ann Wiseman, director of the Eastern Shore Chapter, “The students in our program were excited about being a part of the selection process. They wanted to honor teachers who exemplify the etiquette and manners being taught in our program.”
One teacher named above will receive the coveted crystal award as THE Best-Mannered Teacher at the Grand Spring Ball, the final event of the season, being held on April 30. Last year’s winning nominee was Deana Williams from Bennett Middle School.
Those nominated for the award were nominated by Junior Cotillion students who wrote an essay about a teacher in their school. The criteria for selection included their positive characteristics, how the teacher shows courtesy and respect for students, and why the person is a good role model. According to Wiseman, “The special teachers are those who treated students with respect and instilled a love of learning which will continue to have a positive effect on the student’s performance throughout their school years.”
The National League of Junior Cotillions™ is an etiquette and social dance training program that involves thousands of students nationwide. Students learn the customs and courtesies that will serve them for a lifetime. Topics covered include table manners, writing thank you notes, and responding to formal invitations, in addition to many other social skills that will make life more pleasant for them and for those around them. Most importantly, the students learn to feel comfortable in social situations.
Classes are now forming for the 2011-2012 Season. If you’d like to recommend a student for membership in Junior Cotillion or would like more information regarding the program, call Mrs. Wiseman at 410-341-0065.