Ronald Wooden, a graduate of College of Notre Dame of Maryland's leadership and teaching program, has been named Harford County’s 2008 Teacher of the Year. Wooden has taught fifth graders at George D. Lisby Elementary School at Hillsdale in Aberdeen since 1999.
The Baltimore Sun
May 1, 2008
From the time he was in the second grade, Ronald Wooden wanted to be a teacher.
While his friends were out playing football or jumping rope, Wooden recruited children to attend his pretend school.
For teaching materials, he dug worksheets, easels and broken pieces of chalk out of the trash bins behind the school he attended, he said.
"When I couldn't get students to attend my school, I would use my stuffed animals," he said. "I carried that passion for teaching with me, and over the years it grew."
Wooden realized his dreams in 1999, when he became a fifth-grade teacher at George D. Lisby Elementary School at Hillsdale in Aberdeen. Last week, he was named the 2008 Harford County Teacher of the Year.
. . . After graduating from high school, he earned his bachelor's degree in 1999 in elementary education from Lincoln University in Oxford, Pa. He also completed a master's in leadership and teaching from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in December 2007.
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