Maryland with Pride Teachers Aboard
Hi, I'm Jerome Bird, the Director of Education for Pride of
II. This is a great job because you get to sail a lot and meet
of interesting people - like the other 10 Teachers Aboard and the
hundreds of students who come to visit the ship on School Tours.
My office is in the World Trade Center in
Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The World Trade Center is the world tallest
five-sided building. You can see it from everywhere around the
harbor. It's a cool place to work. On this trip, I'll be sailing
from Mystic, Connecticut, to Philadelphia. Mystic has a wonderful
seaport that has been restored so that it looks just like it would
have in the 1840s.
They are building a tall ship there called
Amistad. That was a ship that slaves took over when they were
near Cuba in 1839. That was the only slave uprising on a ship. In
1997, Pride II played the part of Amistad in a movie
with that name
made by Director Steven Speilberg. It was exciting to watch our own
ship on the big movie screen! I'll tell you lots more about Mystic
and Amistad when I'm there.
After I've completed my trip from Mystic to Philadelphia, I'll be in
my office in Baltimore organizing all the logs and pictures from the
other Teachers Aboard so that you can share in their adventures. I'll
also be keeping track of the Maryland Pursuit Contest.
game where YOU earn points by posing or correctly answering Questions
about Maryland. The Grand Prize is a sail aboard Pride II for
team. So check out Maryland
Pursuit and let's go sailing!
Hi, Boys and Girls! I am Mrs. Barrows. I will be your guide as we
travel on board Pride of Baltimore II from Philadelphia, The
Brotherly Love, to Annapolis harbor, our own state capitol. I live
and teach in Bowie, Maryland, a residential neighborhood, which is
located in Prince George's County. Our county borders Washington, D.C.
My city is on the eastern side, right next to Ann Arundel County.
Many people know it because of the horse racing track in Bowie.
Because of our central location, many of the parents of the students
at my school, Kenilworth Elementary, work in Baltimore, Annapolis, and
Washihgton, D.C. Kids spend their weekends playing soccer or baseball
or whatever sport is in season.
Kenilworth is the home of over 700 students, most
of whom live in Bowie. There are four classes on each grade level -
K-6. We were thrilled to be named a Blue Ribbon School this year and
are also proud that our principal, Mr. Melzer, was named Outstanding
Educator at the national level by the Milkin Foundation.
My Kenilworth students and I are touring Pride of
Baltimore II while it is docked in Saint Michael's this May. We
happy to be your hosts for the first leg of our tour of the Chesapeake
Bay area. We invite you to come with us as we tour Liberty Square in
Philadelphia, ride the waves of the Chesapeake, and dock near our home
On a personal note, I want to congratulate my own two children, Jay
and Shannon Barrows, both of whom graduate from college this May. I am
proud of you both!
I always wanted to say that, but living in Western Maryland doesn't
offer as many sailing adventures as other parts of Maryland. Western
Maryland does have a lot of other things to offer. We'll get back to
that in a minute!
My name is Carol Corwell-Martin, and I am a third grade
teacher/curriculum coordinator at Salem Avenue Elementary School in
Hagerstown, Maryland. My school is a large elementary school for our
county, with about 500 students in grades Pre-K through 4. We are
also a Title 1 school; maybe your school is too? This was a really
great year for our school...we were named a National Blue Ribbon
School and I was the Washington County Teacher of the Year.
Hagerstown is in Washington County, named after none other than our
first president, George Washington. You probably didn't know that the
first monument ever erected to honor Washington still stands in our
When people from "away" ask about where my school is in Maryland, I
say, "You know the really skinny part of Maryland, where the state is
almost split in two? That's where we are." We are tucked into the
Allegany Mountains, so there are many opportunities for hiking,
biking, camping, and exploring the forests. The Appalachian Trail,
which runs from Maine to Georgia, marks the eastern boundary. The
southern boundary is the Potomac River, which offers good fishing,
motor boating, and hiking along the C & O Canal.
Another favorite place to visit in our county is Antietam National
Battlefield, the site commemorating the bloodiest day of fighting of
the Civil War. The northern boundary of Washington County is the
famous Mason-Dixon line. When I was growing up, I was always told
that the Maxon-Dixon line was supposed to be further north, and that's
why Washington County almost got cut in half. My husband (who is from
Pennsylvania) says that's not true. I think he might like the fact
that Pennsylvania got more land than they were supposed to!
My students call me "Ms. C" and they know these things about me: I
like to collect diner stuff, I'm a runner, and I love outrageous books
like Math Curse, Diffendoofer Day, and Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory. What are your favorite books? I really try to make learning
fun and exciting, and I love to laugh with my students!
I'll be aboard the Pride of Baltimore II from Chesapeake City
Baltimore, from October 2 - 8. I'm going to be exploring a new and
unusual site to tell you about in Baltimore - hopefully, someplace
you've never been before! (No, it's not Camden Yards, the Aquarium,
or Harbor Place!) Want to guess where I'll be??
Mary Kay Hirsch
Hi boys and girls! My name is Mary Kay Hirsch. I teach second grade
at Brooke Grove Elementary School in Olney, Maryland. We are a
suburban community in Montgomery County. There are about 600 students
enrolled here in grades K-5. How does that compare with your school?
Now, something about me. I enjoy riding my mountain bike,
traveling to interesting places, gardening, reading, and sailing
(which makes me especially excited about sailing on Pride of
II!). Last summer I began SCUBA diving! Now most of my second
graders are waiting to turn 12 so they can get certified too! I'm
looking forward to sailing from Baltimore to Norfolk in October and
sharing my experiences with you. I will be writing about the Great
Chesapeake Schooner Race that will take place while I am on board. I
hope to learn a lot about the rules of schooner racing and how sailors
make the boats go fast! Does that sound interesting to you?
Ahoy! Greetings from the capital of Maryland! I'm Carol Lady, an
adventurous first grade teacher at West Annapolis Elementary School in
Anne Arundel County. West Annapolis Elementary (WAES) is located in a
waterfront neighborhood in the city of Annapolis, less than a mile
from the State House, the Governor's Mansion, and the Naval Academy.
Our students can take walking field trips back in time into our
historic district or walking field trips to our State Government
buildings to experience current events first hand.
community school uses the "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child" rule
toward our students' education as we actively involve all 237
students, parents, Midshipmen volunteers, neighbors, and 20 teachers
to assure SUCCESS for everyone.
As a firm believer in hands-on, life-long learning, I see this chance
for me to be Teacher Aboard as another challenging cycle of learning -
both for my school and for myself. Although I have lived near the
waters of the Chesapeake Bay for 27 years, I have had little
experience with sailing, preferring to "putt-putt" around in a
runabout motor boat. This unique sailing adventure will motivate our
students to begin a discovery trip to new knowledge about our
wonderful, exciting state.
Greetings from Saint Mary's County. My name is Jamie Pepper and I
will be your Teacher Aboard Pride of Baltimore II from Norfolk, VA, to
St.Mary's City, MD. I have never sailed before so I am kind of
nervous. I hope I don't get seasick!!
I do enjoy the water and spend as much time in and around the water as
possible. From the deck of my house, I can see water all around me.
Last summer, I bought a jetski and I try to ride it every chance I
get. When I'm not riding the jetski, I like to sit on my beach and
read or just enjoy the view.
I teach at Banneker Loveville Elementary School in Loveville, MD. My
school is located in a
rural community with tobacco farms, country roads, and Amish buggies.
I have been a member of the Banneker Loveville staff for 12 years.
This year I am teaching math and social studies to
both fourth and fifth graders. My class is getting their Maryland
together. We plan to answer all the questions in the Game, and make
up some, too, so that we can earn lots of points! My class really want
to win the grand prize - the sail on Pride II in the spring. Will we
be competing against your school?
I hope you and your teachers have a great school year. I look forward
to being your Teacher Aboard while in St. Mary's City.
Ahoy! My name is Frances Rallo and I am a
Baltimore County resource teacher. I've been at my school, Timonium
Elementary, for six years and in Baltimore County for nineteen. I
teach third, fourth, and fifth grade students either math, social
studies, reading, or language.
The groups I work with are small.
Sometimes I just have two or three students in my group. They are very
smart students but have a hard time learning in the large classroom
setting. I teach them in a different way, too.
If you were to come
into my classroom, you might see the students playing a game in math.
The reading students might be watching a video of puppets teaching
them phonic sounds. We read for literary experience, to be informed,
and to perform a task. This year we made ghosts, turkeys, trees,
snowmen, sheep, and some smaller projects like making candy and
cookies. The students have fun making these projects and learn a lot
about following directions.
I love my job, but it keeps me busy. When I get some spare time, I
like to spend it with my oldest son's children, Michael and Melissa.
Michael is three and Melissa is one. They make me laugh all the time.
Sometimes I can get away to my condominium at Bethany Beach. I like
to watch the ocean and hear the beach sounds. They make me relax and
unwind from my busy life. Last fall I took lessons to learn to roller
blade. I used to ice skate when I was younger. I'm hoping that will
help me keep my balance. Right now I'm still a little worried about
falling. I plan to practice this summer at the beach where it is
flat. Traveling is something else I like to do. I've
traveled on planes, trains, and boats of all sizes. I am looking
forward to my trip on Pride of Baltimore II in the fall. I will
writing a log and taking pictures of all the sites and history I
discover on my voyage that week. I'll also be part of Maryland's
history by living aboard Pride II and sharing it with you.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised in York,
Pennsylvania. My husband and I came to Montgomery County as teachers.
We have four daughters who graduated from the Montgomery County
Public School System. Montgomery County is a great place to live. In
my free time I love to fish in both salt and fresh water, swim, read,
and vacation at the beach.
Hello! My name is Ann Strine, and I will be your teacher aboard
of Baltimore II from October 23 to October 29. We will travel
together from St. Mary's City to Solomon's Island and then on to
Alexandria, Virginia. Together we will be sailors on a replica of a
1800s Baltimore Clipper ship. We will learn about the history,
geography, culture, and life today on Solomon's Island. It will be a
fantastic week sailing to these ports on the tributaries of the
For the past 17 years, I have taught fourth and
fifth grades at Ashburton Elementary School in Bethesda, Maryland,
which is a suburb of Washington, D.C. Our school was renovated in
1992-1993. We now have a 29-station computer lab where my students
learn keyboarding, word processing, digital imaging, and how to use
the Internet. Ashburton is home to 515 students from all over the
world. It has 64 staff members. In my class, I am fortunate to have
children from seventeen countries who speak eleven different
In 1997, our fourth grade received a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant to
monitor stream quality in Montgomery County. Our classes check the
water quality of Cabin John Creek four times a year. Everyone enjoys
wearing hip boots and getting into the stream to catch "critters" with
nets. Some critters can only live in non-polluted water. The
information we find is given to the EPA (Environmental Protection
Agency). By monitoring this tributary, our fourth grade Stream Team
is helping to save Chesapeake Bay.
Everyone loves the fourth grade science units,
which are Earth Materials, Electric Circuit, and Ecosystems. In Earth
Materials, we learn about rocks and minerals and how to identify them.
Students gather rocks and present their collections to the class.
Some of the activities in the Electric Circuit unit are constructing a
flashlight and light bulb, and wiring and lighting a room in a shoebox
The final unit is the Ecosystems unit. The students
set up a terrarium and aquarium with live plants and animals. This
ecosystem is made from soda bottles.
To learn more visit the Ashburton
Hi! My Name is Ms. Swan and I am a first grade teacher from Oak Hill
Elementary in Severna Park.
Yes, my school is called Oak Hill because it is on
a hill and is surrounded by at least five different kinds of oak
trees. Our classrooms are named after the trees. Oak Hill is also
very close to the Severn River. Many of our students live by the
water. They love to swim and boat on the Severn River and the
Chesapeake Bay. Oak Hill kids enjoy reading about tides, crabs,
sailing, ospreys, and how to take care of our rivers and the Bay.
I live near the Severn River, too. Every morning,
before school, I walk my dogs down to the beach and say "good morning"
to the river. Sometimes, the water is calm and smooth like a bathtub.
Other times, the wind blows hard and there are waves and white caps.
When I am sailing on Pride of Baltimore II, I will watch the
water change every day. I will listen to the wind and hear the waves
break across the bow. I will write to you about all the things my
senses tell me. Maybe I will even see swans. Smooth Sailing!
It's great to meet you. My name is Sharon Synowiec and I teach first
grade at Templeton Elementary School, not far from Washington, D.C. I
also teach third and fifth graders in our after-school tutorial
program. I look forward to having fourth graders join me on Pride
The students at Templeton enjoy field trips to Washington and
Baltimore. They also like to participate in the many after-school
activities that we have. Basketball, cheerleading, chorus, speech
club, Colours, and Jets are some of the activities Templeton students
I have lived in the Annapolis area for twenty-four years. My three
sons grew up hearing stories of pirates and Indians as we sailed on
Chesapeake Bay on our family's sailboat. I also have two cats, but
they do not like to sail. I will be joining Pride of Baltimore
II in St. Michael's, one of the ports my family has sailed to
through the years. I am anxious to re-visit St. Michael's and find
out if it's still a great place to get "brown cow" ice-cream floats.
I also want to learn more about how this tiny town tricked the British
navy during the War of 1812. So sail along with me as we visit St.
Michael's on Chesapeake Bay!
- Name: Jeff Webb
- School: Vienna Elementary
- County: Dorchester
- Number of Students in Class: 28
- Favorite Food: Mexican
- Favorite Color: Orange
- Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
- Favorite Book: Hatchet
- Favorite Subject: Science
- Favorite Drink: Pepsi
- Favorite TV Show: Bill Nye the Science
- Favorite Boat: Pride of Baltimore
- Favorite Dogs: Daisy and Clancy
- Favorite Cats: Rotten Rusty, Stinky,
Kippy, Pepsi, Gizmo, Buttercup, and Pretty Boy
- E-mail:: email@example.com
- Favorite day: Thursday
- Last Vacation: Kennedy Space Center to
see John Glenn blast off into space
- Place of Birth: Washington, D.C.