Throughout her distinguished career as an educator, Teresa Ankney has received a number of awards, including the Maryland Women of Achievement award and the Martha E. Church Service Award; she was also named an Honorary Member of the Ionic Society at Hood College. Additionally, she maintains a commitment to public advocacy and outreach. Teresa Ankney serves as Board Chair for the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute, a non-profit organization that administers training for teachers in the field of dyslexic education. As a co-founder of the Institute, she provides neighborhood support and promotes awareness about dyslexia. Teresa Ankney has also been involved with various task forces and leadership teams with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Branch of The International Dyslexia Association. In 1998, she co-founded the Parent Advocacy Group for Educational Rights (PAGER). In her professional career, Teresa Ankney has devoted many years to ensuring that every child receives an effective, well-rounded education, no matter his or her learning style. Presently, Teresa serves as the Head of School of the Friendship School, an academic institute in Eldersburg, Maryland, for children in grades one through eight who have dyslexia or other learning challenges related to language. Before accepting this position in 2002, Teresa Ankney served as the Director of the Office of Service-Learning and the Bonner Scholars Program at Hood College in Frederick. In this capacity, she oversaw fundraising and grant writing for the program, served as the student supervisor, and developed lasting relationships with local service organizations. Teresa Ankney’s teaching positions have included her roles as an Assistant Professor at Hood College and as an Instructor at Villa Julie College, The Catholic University of America, and Mount St. Mary’s University.