Meaningful Teachers

Beverly Joukoff

Beverly Joukoff’s forty-five-year passion for teaching can be witnessed as she encourages her students to believe in themselves and to strive to achieve their best. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, with an undergraduate and graduate degree, she started her ten-year career in the Richmond Unified School District where she educated students in High School, Middle School, and Elementary. There, she was recognized for introducing hands-on-learning centers. Joining Mt. Diablo School District in 1996, she taught the John Hopkins’ Success for All reading program at Bel-Air Elementary, and was certified in GLAD and CLAD teaching methods. She was awarded Teacher of the Year for Sequoia Elementary and was nominated for Teacher of the Year for the City of Pleasant Hill. She truly believes that every child can succeed.

Karen Preis

Karen Preis retired in 2018 after a thirty year career in education, spent mostly teaching Spanish to middle school, high school and community college students.  During seventeen years at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California, Karen spent eight years as the assistant speech and debate coach.  She won a coach’s award as her speech student took first place in original oratory at the California State Championship.  Karen was awarded the Robert Urban Memorial Award for Service by her peers, having participated as a co-chaperone for student immersion trips to Chile and to the homeless community of San Jose.  Karen finished her career teaching Spanish and French to middle school students at The Harker School in San Jose.  She believes in inspiring her students to be lifelong learners and models this value herself as she continues to tutor Spanish and to take ongoing courses in French, German and Hebrew.  Karen holds teaching credentials in Spanish and French in California and in Nevada.  Her B.A. in Spanish and her M.S. in Secondary Education are from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Denise Childers

Denise Childers is a 24-year teaching veteran of Charles County Public Schools. She holds two

Bachelor's Degrees from the University of Maryland in English and Secondary Education (1992), and is a National Board Certified teacher (2006). Currently the English Department Chairperson, she instructs students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.  Denise is a frequent professional development

presenter, a curriculum writer, and a teacher mentor. In 2012, she was a semifinalist for The

Washington Post's Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year award. Denise is also the director of La Plata High School's award winning a cappella group, Unplugged.

Sean Reincke

Mr. Sean Reincke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Saint Francis University, a social

studies certification in Secondary education from Millersville University, and a Masters in education from Salisbury University.  Mr. Reincke has spent all seventeen years in Dorchester County Public Schools teaching at Cambridge South Dorchester High School.  During his tenure, Mr. Reincke helped write the U.S. Perspectives curriculum, assisted in creating a freshman academy, and mentored new teachers.  Mr. Reincke also started the school's cross country program, which has won two conference titles, twenty-three regional titles, and their first ever state title in 2013.

Kristen KcIntyre

Kristen McIntyre commits herself wholeheartedly to the school community and believes every child can succeed. She holds Masters Degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Teaching (2004) and Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematics Leadership (2009), and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from VCU. Currently an Instructional Resource Teacher, she leads professional development, develops the School Improvement Plan, runs collaborative planning meetings, develops MSDE courses, and has been chosen a Master Teacher for Maryland. Kristen serves on the leadership team and as the Teacher in Charge. She facilitates family nights and is the liaison for St. Mary's College Masters of Teaching students.

Mrs. Christen

Christen has taught in Maryland for twenty-two years, specializing in Gifted and Talented education and Reading Intervention.  She earned a Master's Degree in Reading Instruction from Goucher College (2005) and her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Towson University (1991).  Christen was Mardela Middle and High Schools' Teacher of the Year (2011).  She was chair for the Instructional Leadership Team and founded the school's SGA.  Christen is the school-wide coordinator for parent involvement, the chairperson for the Parent Advisory Council and has presented at district and school levels.   Christen has been a mentor for student interns and new teachers.