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Ides of Maius: Staff celebrates Deborah Carter’s retirement with day of recognition

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Allie Hudson and Gia Haemmerle recognize Mrs. Deborah Carter's many years of service to FCPS.

Allie Hudson and Gia Haemmerle recognize Mrs. Deborah Carter's many years of service to FCPS.

courtesy of Natalie Rebetsky

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Allie Hudson and Gia Haemmerle recognize Mrs. Deborah Carter's many years of service to FCPS.

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On May 15, during first period, Latin club officers Allie Hudson and Gia Haemmerle surprised English/Latin teacher Mrs. Deborah Carter with a declaration, written in Latin, designating Monday, May 15 a day for honoring Carter’s contribution to FCPS.

The Latin declaration reads:

Salve!  Tuum temporem et studium laudare cupiemus, ergo diem triumphi tibi paravimus! Drachmae et festa te prostpectant!  Drachmas ex magistras magistrosque specta, et no time induere togam — hodie diem tui est!”  —Tui discipuli amicique.

Hudson and Haemmerle presented Carter with a laurel wreath crown of gold (paper plate craft) made by Mrs. MaryEllen Newcomb and chocolate foil covered gold coins.

Haemmerle said, “She’s helped me set my standards higher.”

Deborah Carter has taught for FCPS for 30 years and will retire effective July 1. Her entire career has been at Linganore High School, during which time she has built the Latin program to national recognition. This includes many high achievers on the National Latin Exam, state participation in the Maryland Junior Classical League, and awards and trophies for the annual Certamen throughout the years.  Students learned about antique coins and had many unique experiences, including building a chariot.

Carter taught all levels of English and has a reputation for grammar instruction. She and her students love to find grammatical errors on public signs, menus, newspapers, and more.

Hudson said, “My experiences with Mrs. Carter have made me a more open and compassionate person.”

Throughout the day, staff members will give gold chocolate coins to Carter as “payment” for her years of service. The English and World Languages departments are hosting an Ancient Roman feast for lunch, which will include foods traditionally eaten in Ancient Rome: olives, dates, barley, and more.

After school, the staff is invited for cake and silly trivia games.

Ab imo pectore, thank you, Mrs. Carter.

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3 Responses to “Ides of Maius: Staff celebrates Deborah Carter’s retirement with day of recognition”

  1. Barbara Baumgartner on May 15th, 2017 1:53 pm

    My mind says: Congratulations to my amazing daughter and thanks to the students and others who are honoring her. And you students should be honored for recognizing an outstanding teacher! Her influence will be felt for countless years to come. Much love to Deborah!

    Mom (or MoG – let her explain this to you!)

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  2. Beverly Coates on May 16th, 2017 11:57 pm

    Congratulations, Deborah! I’m so pleased that you received this recognition for your many years of working with Linganore students. She often talked to us, her family, about her teaching; what you were working on, how well her Latin students did at competition, etc. She is proud of the influence she has had while teaching, and I hope you, her students, appreciate her dedication.

    With love from your cousin.

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  3. Aretta Baumgartner on May 18th, 2017 9:00 am

    Mrs. Carter exemplifies what “educator” should and can be. She’s made learning relevant and fun and personalized it in a way that’s kept students challenged and engaged as the world and community changes and shifts. I am so proud to call her family (she’s my sister in law) but, more importantly, so happy to know that she’s influenced so many students and colleagues to be the best they can be, making permanent and progressive change that echoes far outside of Linganore’s walls.

    Aretta Baumgartner
    Education Director
    Center for Puppetry Arts
    Atlanta, GA
    http://www.puppet.org

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