WESTOVER, Md.— A Somerset County teacher is competing for the title of 2014 Maryland State Teacher of the Year.
Crisfield Academy and High School foreign languages teacher, Anna Breland, will travel to the Maryland State Department of Education in Baltimore as one of seven finalists on Sept. 20.
In May, Breland presented an extensive packet of work to enter the contest. The quality of her work in this submission resulted in her win as Somerset County Teacher of the Year.
The packet included her professional biography, community involvements, philosophy of teaching, thoughts on education, and potential impact of obtaining the title.
Each year, 24 candidates are selected from each county and Baltimore City. Breland is the eighth teacher from Somerset County to be awarded the title.
On Sept. 11 a reception at the Central Office in Westover was held to honor Breland's accomplishment. Superintendent of Schools John Gaddis spoke at the event with CAHS Principal James Conrow and music teacher Heather McHenry.
“...Ms. Anna Breland will make us proud,” said Gaddis.
Breland will enter the last round of the competition in front of a panel of state officials to present a five-minute speech and answer a series of questions.
Originally from Belarus, Breland speaks five languages and previously taught in Accomack County.
As she enters her fifth year of teaching at CAHS, Breland aspires to receive her PhD. and become National Board Certified.
The official title of 2014 Maryland State Teacher of the Year will be announced on Oct. 10.