A Catonsville teacher seeking one of three seats in Maryland’s General Assembly District 12 has received an endorsement from the Howard County Education Association.
In endorsing Eric Ebersole, a teacher at Reservoir High School in Howard County, the association Thursday praised his commitments to education. He and the other candidates had to complete questionnaires and participate in interviews with members of HCEA, the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO), and the Educational Support Professionals of Baltimore County (ESPBC), HCEA President Paul Lemle said in a statement.
“Eric has been a teacher in the Howard County Public School System and an HCEA/MSEA member for over 30 years. His father was an educator in Baltimore County and a union member. No one understands the issues and concerns of our front line educators better than Eric,” he said in the statement.
Ebersole said he believes being an educator helped secure the endorsement, but said it wasn’t the only factor.
“We had to demonstrate knowledge of the issues. I have a fair knowledge of the issues because I deal with educators on a daily basis,” he said.
If elected, Ebersole said he could take a leave of absence and have a long-term substitute fill in for him at Reservoir or he could retire. He has taught for more than 30 years.
Ebersole is one of 10 seeking three seats in District 12, which covers Catonsville, Arbutus, Lansdowne, Elkridge, Ellicott City and part of Columbia.