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Dr. Michael J. Martirano, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 178

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Special Education is pleased to highlight the recognition of Ms. Anne Smoot, Special Education Teacher, as the 2012 Arc of Southern Maryland’s Educator of the Year for St. Mary’s County. This award was presented to Ms. Smoot at the annual Arc Banquet on December 7, 2012.

Ms. Smoot has been a lifelong educator with the St. Mary’s County Public Schools. She began her career teaching students with disabilities at Spring Ridge Middle School in 1974.   In 2007, she began teaching at Esperanza Middle School and has been teaching students in the SAIL (Supporting Academics and Independent Living) Program for the past several years.

Ms. Smoot was honored for her dedication, expertise, and ongoing support for students and families. Her students are consistently provided with creative and engaging learning experiences. Ms. Smoot’s classroom is a model of best practices for students with disabilities.   Her students have a variety of individual needs, but that does not deter Ms. Smoot from assuring success for all students. Ms. Smoot also works within her school and with support staff across St. Mary’s County to make sure that her staff, students, and families have access to the most current and effective supports and strategies.   Ms. Smoot’s highly effective instruction has been consistently highlighted by the Department of Special Education for Alt-MSA (the Maryland Alternative State Assessment) achievements in grades 6, 7, and 8.