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Remembering Coach Spangenberg

Sharon Spangenberg, beloved tennis coach and teacher, passed away on November 8, 2023.
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L-R S. Spangenberg, B. Siff, Unknown, S. Reynolds, V. Bracken Image provided by B. Siff

Spangenberg left a lasting impact on many. She taught for over 50 years, working with many different levels of learners. Although Spangenberg was not able to attend Dulaney for the past three months, she positively impacted the Lion community in many ways. 

Spangenberg could be found teaching students both off and on the tennis courts. She always asked how everyone was doing and when anyone responded with “I am doing good,” she would laugh and immediately correct them by saying, “I am doing well.” Her spirits were always high, and she could bring a smile to anyone’s face. 

She was quite active outside of coaching the Dulaney varsity tennis and varsity badminton teams – playing tennis with her friends every weekend. 

Students loved her; she encouraged them and taught them about good sportsmanship.

“My favorite thing about her was her kindness to both my mom and me. She was always there supporting me, during counties and states,” said Aaron Ren, former Dulaney High School (DHS) tennis captain who now studies at UMD. 

She could adapt to change as well; she knew how to make the best of any situation. 

“When I taught with her online – I thought it was so funny – she would change her background to a bookshelf and she would do silly things online,” said Cheryl Murriel, a colleague in the math department at DHS. 

Spangenberg was a shoulder to lean on, someone to trust and feel comfort in. She frequently visited her mother who lives in Florida and described her mother as independent and resilient – qualities she certainly inherited. 

“I have known Ms. Spangenberg since 2000… she was caring, sarcastic (in a funny way), and a good sport,” Said Victoria Bracken, DHS math department chair. “Ms. Spangenberg considered herself a math teacher above anything else… I used to co-teach with her.” 

Spangenberg is missed by many, but her memory continues to shine. Think of Coach Spanenberg when you want to say you are doing good, and correct it to you are doing well.

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