St. Mary’s Elementary School, Annapolis Years Teaching Overall: 18 Years Teaching at St. Mary’s Elementary: 12 Currently teaching: 5th grade Math and Science
Proudest teaching moment: “Anytime a student has the ‘aha!’ moment, when the content clicks, when they realize that their hard work has paid off, when they are proud of the grade that they earned, when they are realizing they are having fun while learning. Those moments make it all worthwhile.” Teaching Philosophy: “Not every student learns in the same way, and as a teacher, it is my job to identify each child’s strengths and provide multiple ways for the students to access the content and concepts. In math, for example, I encourage the students to share with their classmates how they figured out the answer to the problem and remind them that there is more than one way to solve math problems. We all learn from each other.” Toughest challenge facing educators: “Students learning to advocate for themselves. It can be as basic as asking for a pencil—it is about helping them build confidence to ask for help. This confidence will allow them to stand up for themselves and others, take risks, problem solve, and help them to grow in independence and be more responsible for themselves and their actions. It is a life skill that will serve them well.”
"Eleanor Manning has been a tremendous asset to our school for the past 12 years. She brings energy and enthusiasm to her lessons and her students. She connects with her learners on a deep level and engages them in their areas of strength. She can often be found in her classroom supporting learners during her planning and lunch times. Her devotion to all of her students is best exemplified through not only her instruction, but her willingness to support the children after the school day concludes. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Eleanor is a coach for our middle cross country team, an active member of our Maryland Green School Committee, and the facilitator of our annual grow and learn plant sale. She is beloved teacher by both her students and her peer teachers. Eleanor has eternal energy for guiding newer teachers on their path, by working as a mentor teacher. There hasn’t been a time or task when Eleanor wasn’t willing to lend a hand. She is most deserving of this special recognition.” —Rebecca Zimmerman, Principal
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.