For Pam Webb, second-grade teacher at Lord Baltimore Elementary, and LB’s Teacher of the Year, teaching there is a little like coming home.
“I’ve lived here all my life,” said Webb. “And now I am teaching back at the elementary school I attended.”
After attending Lord Baltimore, she attended Selbyville Middle School and Indian River High School before attending Lynchburg University in Virginia and graduating from Salisbury State (University) with a degree in elementary education. After teaching first grade for nine years in the Laurel School District, (and receiving Teacher of the Year honors while there) she was hired to teach closer to her home base.
“I thought I would teach there forever,” she said of Laurel. “But I always wanted to come back, and Dr. Wilson hired me for fourth grade, and I love it. They were a little more independent.”
Eventually, Webb settled in at her present-day position teaching second grade. Second grade is a big year for reading growth and students are learning everything from the life cycle of insects to social studies and civics, Webb noted. They have an introduction to geography, history and economics, as well.
One thing that is different than from when Webb attended the elementary school herself is the advent of technology in the classroom. A “smartboard” allows teachers to be on the computer and share the screen with the classroom, and the board can be written on, as well.
Gretchen Apgar, Webb’s student-teacher, said the board is an added bonus to classroom instruction.
“It makes them want to go up to the board,” she said.
“They are like, ‘Can I just get the pointer?’ They get excited about it,” echoed Webb. “They love it.”
As for her future, Webb said she is open to advancement in the district and, while she may want to pursue a position in administration in the future, she is still very much content working in a classroom setting.
“I enjoy still working with the kids – easier clientele,” she said with a laugh. “They say in administration you can impact more students, but I am happy where I am. I still like to be with the kids.”
Home sweet home.