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Dec. 8, 2009

Anderson is county's "Favorite Teacher"

by Katie Sint, Online Managing Editor
English teacher Keith Anderson was presented with the Gazette's annual "My Favorite Teacher" award during a ceremony honoring him and the other winners held on Monday evening at the Rockville Hilton. Anderson was nominated for the award by a former AP Language student, senior Warren Zhang.

English teacher Keith Anderson won the Gazette "My Favorite Teacher" award. Wylie Conlon
English teacher Keith Anderson won the Gazette "My Favorite Teacher" award.
The "My Favorite Teacher" award is presented to one elementary school teacher, middle school teacher and high school teacher in Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Frederick County, making a total of nine recipients. Among the 10 finalists in the running for the award in Montgomery County, including teachers from Richard Montgomery High School and Northwood High School, Anderson amassed the most online votes. He was notified of his win on Nov. 19.

Anderson was astonished by his win and appreciated the fact the students took the time to vote for him. "I was incredibly surprised and flattered," he said. "The fact that people went out of their way to vote was really very neat."

The ceremony was also a surprise to Anderson, who expected it to be much smaller. "The ceremony was awesome. It was the first time I had ever been personally honored with an award. I was not expecting it," he said.

Anderson, who began teaching five years ago, says that his students are his favorite part of being a teacher and feels that he is able to better relate to his students because of his enthusiasm for teaching. "I think my students can sense that I'm excited to teach," he said. He feels that he can relate to his AP and Honors students' willingness to learn. "If you're excited, it resonates with them."

He also feels a great responsibility in teaching his non-AP and Honors students who may feel less enthusiastic about school. "It's easy to celebrate the kids who make the school look good," he said, but noted that it is important to provide support and attention to students who are not enrolled in high-level courses. "You have to show them that you care about them," he said.

Zhang expressed in his nomination essay how Anderson's unique teaching style and dedication to his students made him an outstanding teacher. "His energetic demeanor, challenging assignments, insightful edits and lively class discussions make far the best English class I have ever taken," Zhang said in the essay.

Editor's note: Warren Zhang is the Managing News Editor and Ombudsman for Silver Chips Print.

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  • Anderfan on December 8, 2009 at 11:08 PM
    My man Keith definitely deserved this.
  • yeahhhh on December 8, 2009 at 11:23 PM
    you da bomb mr. anderson
  • Rosie on December 8, 2009 at 11:31 PM
    Shouldn't this article have mentioned how Mr. Rose won the same award last year?
    • anonymous on December 9, 2009 at 8:27 AM
      no, because no one cares about Mr. Rose.
      • hop off on December 17, 2009 at 12:07 PM
        hop off mr rose.
  • yeahboiiiiii on December 9, 2009 at 1:40 AM
    mr. anderson destroyed the matrix. he is the one. he has floppy hair and his semi-clean shavenness is what really earned the votes.

    what a beast.

  • Nicole Levesque on December 9, 2009 at 6:26 AM
    Congratulations Keith! I'm so glad you recieved this recognition. You deserve it.

  • senior on December 9, 2009 at 9:28 AM
    Yaaay! Mr. Anderson was my sophmore english teacher. He really deserves this award! He's the best. He made Shakespeare a little more bearable. And that's alot for me because I can't stand Shakespeare. Congrats Mr.Anderson!! You earned it!
  • Miguel Gallardo on December 9, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    Mr.Anderson I wish I had you as a teacher again! You have helped me greatly in my pursuit as a writer. I know I can always go to you for help and guidance, you completely deserve this award and as your years of teaching increase I hope you receive many more.
  • Skyler Brown (View Email) on December 9, 2009 at 11:45 AM
    What a great article! You captured the attractivness and overall great quality of Mr. Anderson( I hope to someday have him teach me). GO KATIE SINT: follow the dumpling pathway and it will lead you to great success!
  • Admirer on December 9, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    Are you sure he didn't win the award for "best dressed teacher"?
  • asdf (View Email) on December 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    great teacher. nice photo wylie
  • NM on December 9, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    OMG MR ANDERSEN!!!! : )
  • :) on December 9, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    We love you Mr. Anderson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Comp_Vote on December 9, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    How did Mr. Anderson win this year? How many votes did he get? more than 30,000? How many students do we have?
  • a former student of his (View Email) on December 9, 2009 at 1:03 PM
    his a beast teacher

    hands down and pretty funny too
  • anonymous on December 9, 2009 at 5:08 PM
    I like the way he rocks, I like the way he rolls.
  • o on December 9, 2009 at 5:15 PM
    Woo Mr. Anderson! Gazette's voting thing is awfully annoying, but hey, I kept voting!

    And yes, Wylie, you did a great job with that photo.
  • Arsy on December 9, 2009 at 7:59 PM
    Mr. Anderson's class is without a doubt the most fun English class I've ever taken. He may grade hard, but he makes you feel like you deserved said grade! And unlike most other English classes, I feel like I have actual things to improve on (they're "more quantifiable," if you will) rather than vague, sweeping criticisms.

    Mr. Anderson deserved this award so much more than Mr. Rose did. (sorry Mr. Rose...)
  • anon on December 9, 2009 at 9:50 PM
    mr. anderson is fiiine
  • Nakia on December 10, 2009 at 7:38 AM
    My Man Mr.Anderson; he deserved this award && I'm pretty sure he will gain more. He does challenge you, your thoughts && your way of thinking., but at the same time funny; laid-back && will talk to you bout anythingg. Lol i have come to Mr.Anderson about plenty of different problems and he's always open && willing to talk to me. He is always excited; EARLY IN THE MORNING. lol but thats what makes him a great teacher.
  • AnderSON (View Email) on December 10, 2009 at 4:46 PM
    Mr Anderson expanded my epistemological horizons, ya heard!
  • Whiteson on December 10, 2009 at 5:20 PM
    Mr. Anderson is the Tony Montana of teaching. Definitely one to learn some deep knowledge from.
  • SCX on December 14, 2009 at 1:30 PM
    88 downbottem 88
  • Blair Alum on December 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM
    Mr Anderson is so cool that one of his students dressed up as him for halloween. holla
  • Chantel on November 10, 2011 at 10:23 PM
    Mr. Anderson is the best teacher I've ever had by far. I really wish he would come teach me in college because he's awesome at his job. I miss this guy and I honestly think he deserves this award every year. GOOO MR. ANDERSON!!!
  • likeaboss2012 on February 15, 2012 at 9:41 PM
    He's so awesome that im reading an article that was written about him 3 years ago!
    but wow all of these comments are soooo true! Mr.Anderson is in all honesty, like the best english teacher ever!!! He is great at what he does, extremely enthusiastic and just plain cool :)
    No bantering inconsequence here just da real facts!
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