individuals were recognized at the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce
Community Service Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 26th.
Smeallie was named Teacher of the Year. Senior Rocio Alvarado was named
Community Service Student of the Year. Senior Rediet Betru was named ESOL
Student of the Year.
We are very
proud of our teachers and students who demonstrate Titan Pride!
Their bios are
Smeallie is completing his 31st year of service to Montgomery County
Public Schools, all of them at Albert Einstein High School. After his
first year at Einstein, he was asked to take over the after-school drama
program, Einstein S.T.A.G.E. and hasn’t stopped producing dramatic fall plays
and entertaining spring musicals. S.T.A.G.E. has grown into a truly wonderful
production company that has inspired students to continue in theater.
Many of Mr. Smeallie’s graduates are affiliated with local and regional
theatres as well as appearing in Broadway, off-Broadway and touring productions.
students see the dedication that Mr. Smeallie gives to his productions and they
eagerly want to produce and perform at the high level of professionalism that
Mr. Smeallie demonstrates. Under his direction, Mr. Smeallie’s students have
learned to grow into themselves and become comfortable with the people they are
through theater. Mr. Smeallie has helped his students overcome the limitations
that they have put on themselves and do things that they would have never
imagined for themselves.
Mr. Smeallie may
dedicate countless hours to rehearsals, stage building and breakdowns, concert
practice, and so on, but he has created an atmosphere that supports and
encourages artistic expression for countless students. We are very
grateful to have him as our theater director and we happily name Mr. Peter
Smeallie as Albert Einstein High School’s Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Rediet Betru
is a senior at Albert Einstein High School. She came to Einstein almost 2 years
ago and exited ESOL last year from a Level 4 as she demonstrated a phenomenal
capacity to learn English. Ms. Betru is now in Honors classes and holds at 3.05
GPA. Ms. Betru is a beautiful singer who has performed at our Taste of Einstein
– an international night which features food and performances by students from
a wide variety of countries. She is also a member of the Key Club, the
International Honors Society and the Ethiopian & Eritrean Club. Ms. Betru
has mentored other Einstein students from Ethiopia without compensations or SSL
hours. We are very pleased to name Ms. Rediet Betru as our recipient of
the ESOL Student of the Year Award.
Alvarado is a senior at Albert Einstein HS. For the past 4 years, she has
earned over 500 hours volunteering her time at Harmony Hills ES, her elementary
school. Ms. Alvarado, along with other teens, takes care of young children
while their parents attend English courses in the evening. She plans activities
for the children to do including going outside to play or getting help with
their homework. Ms. Alvarado enjoys seeing the kids having fun with each other
and not being attached to a screen. She says that this experience has taught
her that all kids really need is a bit of your time and attention to be happy.
Ms. Alvarado plans to attend Montgomery College next year and major in
photojournalism. We are very pleased to name Ms. Rocio Alvarado as our
recipient of the Community Service Award.