Governor Martin O’Malley and State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery made the announcement during a gala in a ballroom filled with educators and dignitaries. Among those in attendance were Sen. Paul Sarbanes, Rep. John Sarbanes, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Attorney General Douglas Gansler, and State Board Vice President Mary Kay Finan.
“Maryland schools have been ranked #1 by Education Week magazine for five years in a row because our teachers are the nation’s very best,” said O’Malley. “Sean McComb is a shining representative of the many great educators who dedicate their lives to working with our State’s students. Maryland continues to invest in public education to ensure Sean and all of our educators have the resources they need to educate Maryland’s next generation of leaders. Our children are in very good hands.”
Dr. Lowery agreed that Maryland schools receive national recognition largely on the strength of its teachers. “Sean personifies the cutting edge Maryland educator,” she added. “He is an energetic instructor, making certain his students set goals, commit to those targets, succeed, and move forward toward college or career. His passionate work reflects well on our State’s education system.”
McComb focuses on creating critical readers, strong writers, and judicious thinkers. As coordinator of the school’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, helping hone student work habits and academic skills. He also teaches the value of service, working on projects with students that help feed the hungry in the community. McComb serves as a system curriculum writer and as an adjunct teacher at Towson University. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he also received a Master’s in Education degree, and is currently pursuing School Leadership certification from Goucher College.
“Our schools must provide the opportunity for any individual to become educated and economically competitive,” McComb said. “My teaching is built on the belief that relationships and engagement can turn challenges into opportunity for excellence for all students. As we embrace the truth, we create citizens who can live the American dream.”
McComb will receive a cash award, technology equipment, national travel opportunities, and the gift of a 2014 Kia Forte valued at over $25,000, which is donated by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.
He will also be honored by President Barack Obama at the White House next spring, and he will compete in the National Teacher of the Year adjudication to be announced in April.