Teena Ruark Gorrow, a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, grew up on a small island along the Chesapeake Bay. She is married to Wayne Dennis Gorrow, Assistant Director of Salisbury University’s Department of Intramurals, and is the daughter of Paul and Ellen Ruark.
Gorrow’s earned degrees include a doctorate in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Maryland College Park; an M.A. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the same institution; and a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary/Middle Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She also holds a valid Advanced Professional Certificate with the State of Maryland in the areas of administration, teaching, and school counseling.
With more than three decades of professional experience as a Maryland educator, Dr. Gorrow is a Professor of Teacher Education at Salisbury University (SU) where she has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of classroom management, education foundations, classroom assessment, and cooperative learning. Her leadership roles have included co-chairing the Teacher Education Department, coordinating the University’s Regional Professional Development Schools Program, and directing the Elementary Education Program. Before joining the SU Education Faculty in 2000, Gorrow served as a teacher, school principal, and central office supervisor in Maryland’s public schools.
Gorrow’s scholarly pursuits, characterized by a blend of research, observation, and application, have resulted in a myriad of award-winning books, published articles with leading education journals, and keynote presentations. Her most recent book, Mr. President and The First Lady: The DC Eagle Cam Project, was released in February 2017 by Schiffer Publishing. Co-authored with Craig A. Koppie of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and completed in cooperation with the American Eagle Foundation, this true story documents two famous bald eagles – named Mr. President and The First Lady – that became an international Internet sensation with 63 million views from 100 countries through the DC Eagle Cam in 2016. Gorrow’s other Schiffer titles with Mr. Koppie include Inside an Osprey’s Nest, which was completed in cooperation with the Chesapeake Conservancy and released in October 2016, and Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest, a 2014 Green Earth Book Award winner in the category of young adult nonfiction literature. Dr. Gorrow’s first book, The ABC’s of Wellness for Teachers, which she co-authored with Salisbury University colleague Susan Muller, was published in 2008 by Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Soon after its release, the book was recognized by the Association of Educational Publishers as a 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist in the category of classroom/time management.
Gorrow’s credentials also include being named Excellent Educator by Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year by the SU Student Government Association, and Maryland Finalist/Talbot County Teacher of the Year. Other distinguished honors include receiving three Governor’s Citations for impressive commitment to Maryland’s citizens, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for outstanding community service, SU’s Alumni Association Faculty Appreciation Award, and an Award of Excellence presented by the Maryland State Department of Education’s Maryland Student Service Alliance.