Veteran Educator Honored by Somerset County Board of Education
WESTOVER, Md. (WBOC)- The Somerset County Board of Education honored educator Dave Elebash with a plaque of appreciation for his work as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction during the 2013-2014 school year.
Elebash is beginning his 42nd year in education and has worked in three states including North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. He has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in English from Duke University and started his career teaching English and Social Studies.
Before moving to Somserset County public schools in 2004, Elebash had served as a teacher, Principal of two middle schools, Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services, High School Supervisor and Public Relations Officer.
Since arriving in Somerset County, Elebash had served as a Supervisor of Secondary Education until July of 2013. He then began work as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
Looking at the long-range view in the school system, Elebash said, “I am encouraged by the move to Common Core. It will provide the students with the skills and capabilities that will apply to a variety of situations rather than the skills developed within a fact based curriculum.”
Speaking of his colleagues Elebash said, “I have worked with a group of educators who are highly competent and hard working.”
This school year, Elebash takes on a new role of Principal of J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center.
Elebash said he believes the skills students derive from participating in a CTE program will enable them to move to a different job given the varied skills they develop as CTE students. “The CTE programs provide a great opportunity for any student regardless of their ultimate goals. The programs will help students obtain good paying jobs to support themselves and pay for college and additional training.”
In a written communication with the Superintendent and Board Members after the board meeting, Elebash stated, ““It was truly an honor to be able to serve as Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the leadership and staff of Somerset County Public Schools. From the School Board, the Superintendent's office, the central office, the administrators and the teaching and support staff, our employees continue to exemplify caring, competence, and extraordinary effort for the students of Somerset County. I very much appreciate the plaque and I look forward to working with you in my new capacity as principal so that we can provide the very best CTE program and plant possible.”