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Iris Crankfield Earns AACPS Educator of the Month

South River English teacher Iris Crankfield was honored during the Board of Education's meeting on Wednesday.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) honored South River High English teacher Iris Crankfield as October’s Educator of the Month during its board meeting Wednesday morning.

Crankfield attended the meeting without knowing she would be receiving the honor on Wednesday. In fact, South River High principal Will Myers told her she would be giving a presentation to the board as a means to get here there.

However, she was pleasantly surprised when the board called her name and her family entered the meeting room to show their support.

Prior to receiving a certificate and a special commemorative classroom bell, Board member and Edgewater resident Kevin Jackson called Crankfield “a dynamic teacher that delivers material in the classroom that encourages divergent thinking.” As a sponsor of the school newspaper, Crankfield has also helped the Seahawks’ paper become one of the best in the county, Jackson added.

After receiving the award, Crankfield said she was nearly speechless.

“It means a lot. Teaching is very rewarding if you know you’re making an impact and sometimes you just don’t know. It’s really nice to see that I’m making a difference and to be rewarded,” she said. 

Crankfield, a graduate of Southern High, playfully said she grew up viewing South River as “the bad guys,” but after spending years there as an educator, she loves being a part of the Seahawk community. 

“[Teaching at South River] has been a wonderful experience. The parents have been very supportive and my colleagues, I could not ask for a better place to work. They are very supportive, very helpful and giving. It’s been great,” she said.

Do you know Iris Crankfield? Send her a congratulatory message in the comments! 

Beth October 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
My daughter Payton has her and loves her!
JennH October 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I had her when i was in high school and she was wonderful! Only teacher i ever had that sent letters home to the parents telling them how GOOD the student was doing in class. CONGRATS MRS CRANKFIELD!!!!
Renada Coates October 11, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Wishing my cousin a big CONGRATULATIONS!!! You deserve it!
Kristina October 12, 2012 at 06:21 PM
My son had her last year and she was terrific. Congratulations, you deserve it!
Cleo White October 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Kudos to Iris Crankfield! Job well done!!!


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