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Baltimore County English Teacher Honored At The White House

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WASHINGTON (WJZ)—A Baltimore County teacher is given an incredible honor at the White House as he is officially named National Teacher of the Year by President Barack Obama.

Denise Koch attended the ceremony and has more on the big day.

It’s a glorious day for Maryland schools, for Baltimore County schools and for one teacher in particular named the 62nd National Teacher of the Year.

At age 30, Sean McComb is youngest teacher to receive this honor. He has been a teacher for just eight years.

Obama presented him with an apple trophy Thursday afternoon and talked about McComb’s accomplishments as an English teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts.

“It’s a tribute to Sean that one of his student’s asked him ‘What do you think about me becoming a teacher?’ Sean asked him what subject he wanted to teach, and the student said ‘It doesn’t matter. I just want to have as much fun as you do every day,'” Obama said.

McComb is all about caring for students, being a mentor, as well as an educator.

McComb told the president and the group of the finest educators in America that he credits his students for teaching him how to be good at his profession.

“I am not here alone,” he said during his acceptance speech. “My students are with me here today because they have become a part of who I am. Ashley taught me that what matters is the quality of what you have to say, not how loud you speak. Michael taught me that it’s not how much you can see but that you always see the best in every situation. Kiana taught me that burrowing burdens can make you stronger, and when you’re finally able to put them down, that strength can lift up others. And Breanna has taught me our lives are not determined by our past but by our present choices and faith in our future.”

McComb is the first Baltimore County teacher ever selected as National Teacher of the Year.

“It’s extremely exciting for the county. It’s exciting for the state,” said Dr. Dallas Dance, Baltimore County Schools superintendent.

“He was very thankful for what I’ve done and for the work that we all do across the country,” McComb said of the president. “He’s super excited that we have a newborn son and the excitement that will bring to our lives as well.”

Yes, McComb is a new father of an 8-week-old little boy, who also attended the ceremony. His wife also teaches at Patapsco. Now they share an apple trophy, a great selfie and a day to remember.

He will spend the next year, not in the classroom, but touring the United States and other parts of the world speaking on behalf of America’s finest teachers.

McComb is the third Maryland teacher to be named National Teacher of the Year in just the past eight years.

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