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Isshinryu Karate with Margie Heavlow

Margie Heavlow
When she is not leading students in Character lessons in the classroom, Coach Margie Heavlow enjoys teaching martial arts as the head instructor and owner of the Eastern Shore Isshinryu Karate School LLC.  Margie embraces continuous development as an active member of the United States Isshinryu Karate Association and a student of Grand Master Phil Little.
Eastern Shore Isshinryu Karate School
provides professional martial arts instruction for children and adults to build confidence in their ability to defend themselves and loved ones against harm. Margie works with her students through instructional training to build self esteem and develop a peaceful attitude, an alert mind, a strong body, and a vigorous spirit. 

Margie knows what it means to be involved in our Kent County community, you may have seen her leading her school in a Karate Demonstration at Galena’s Dogwood Festival Parade in May. Perhaps you passed by the Eastern Shore Isshinryu Karate School booth at the Kent County Resource Fair. Maybe you even noticed how they support Big Brothers Big Sisters by offering a discount for children in this program who want to participate in Summer Camp or Karate School. Be on the lookout, I hear the Eastern Shore Isshinryu Karate School is coming to the Betterton Day Parade in August.
For more on the Eastern Shore Isshinryu Karate School, check out their Facebook Page

Previous Coaches

On Safari with Lisa Starkey


Kent County Middle School Character Coach Lisa Starkey recently spent two weeks on Safari in Kenya and Tanzania,  we caught up with her to to learn more about her love of travel. 

Why do you like to travel?

I like to spend money on experiences, rather than things. My daughter and I travel together – it is a great way to spend time together outside of the everyday routine. She and I might never remember an expensive pair of boots we bought, but we always have our trip memories. We’ve zip-lined over a rainforest, flown in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti, seen a volcano erupt, swam with dolphins… these are things we will never forget and we did them together. Like the Visa commercial our experiences together are PRICELESS!

Do you feel it is important to travel?
I think you have to like to travel – there are plenty of people who are homebodies and never leave their hometown. It’s not for everyone. If you enjoy travelling, it’s great to see other countries, and cultures. In our travels my daughter and I have met people who are very different from us, and people who are quite similar. We always come home feeling very blessed  to live in the time and place we live in.

You recently spent two weeks in Africa, what were your favorite parts of the trip?Every day we went on safari in these huge Range Rovers, looking for animals. It never got old. We took over a thousand pictures. Sometimes the animals were 10 feet away…it was amazing. The hot air balloon ride at sunrise was incredible. We were not that high, and the animals below didn’t like the sound the blowers were making so they were running and making their own sounds. We also went horseback riding in the Kenya National Park. There were antelope and zebras just roaming around with us.

What would your advice be for someone looking to go on Safari?

Save extra and go with a reputable tour company… Take a good camera and a backup and lots of memory cards…Prepare to be amazed!

So, where will you go next?
Our bucket list includes “Visiting every continent”. Australia will probably be next, in a few years. In the meantime, we will give our passports a rest and take a trip to Alaska this summer.

Get Involved with George Best

As a United Way board member, George Best takes pride in his involvement in the Kent County community. Introduced to the United Way of Kent County by colleague and fellow Character Coach, Chip Williams of Dixon Valve, George helps run social media campaigns, manages the United Way website content and utilizes various digital marketing channels to help spread community awareness. Knowing that United Way helps so many people and organizations within Kent County is what George likes most about being involved.  

George is a current Character Coach at Kent County High School, he has been involved with the CCKC program since 2008. When asked about his favorite part of coaching, George replied “I love coaching KCHS because it gives us a chance discuss with students ways to apply the 6 pillars in their lives to prepare for school, sports, going to college, interviewing for a job and other life lessons they can expect.” We are so excited to have George as part of the CCKC team and look forward to his future accomplishments with the United Way.


Cheer Coach Amanda Lambert

Character Coach Amanda Lambert has a long history with cheerleading. As a former Queen Anne’s County High School and York College of Pennsylvania Cheerleader, Amanda knew that when she returned home from college she wanted to be involved with the sport.

Amanda started coaching cheerleading for Kent County Pop Warner as a volunteer and worked with the organization for 3 years. While she enjoyed working with the younger athletes immensely, she always hoped for a chance to work with an older more experienced group of girls.  When the position for a Head Cheerleading Coach opened up at Kent County High School she immediately applied. 

This is Amanda’s first year coaching at KCHS and so far the team has had a very productive Fall Season.  The team’s goal is to build the program and develop their skills and abilities as athletes so that they may become a competitive cheerleading team by Fall of 2014. Amanda has wholeheartedly accepted the challenge of building a winning program for KCHS. While she started off this season with only half of the team returning from the previous year, Amanda and her team have already made significant improvement and continue to work hard everyday to reach their goals. The KCHS Cheerleading team will cheer for both KCHS Football and Men’s Basketball this year, come out and watch them!


Wildlife Photographer Paul Bramble


Paul Bramble, a Character Coach at Kent County High School and avid wildlife photographer, was recently featured by National Geographic. Paul seeks to capture the essence of the abundant wildlife on Maryland’s Eastern Shore  in his work. Whether in pursuit of waterfowl or wading through rivers with his fly rod Paul always has his camera with him to document his adventures. 

Paul’s photo of canvasback ducks at dawn, taken near a Chesapeake Bay tidal pond was selected as the National Geographic Photo of the day on September 27, 2013. Congratulations Paul!

To see more of Paul’s photography, click here.