Board of Education Recognitions: June 10, 2014

Last Updated on Jun 12, 2014 at 1:22pm |

The Garrett County Board of Education at its June 10th meeting recognized various individuals for their recent awards and achievement.
                                                         Sarah Baker and Nicholas Martin – Art Work
The Garrett County Board of Education at its meeting on June 10, 2014, recognized two students for their accomplishments.  Sarah Baker, 12th grade student at Southern High School, and Nicholas Martin, 1st grade student at Swan Meadow School, were recognized by the Board for their pieces of artwork.  Sarah’s artwork is conveyed through the use of layers of paper and styrofoam.  Nicholas’ art work was done via chalk.  The Board of Education purchased each student’s art work and will be displayed in the central office.
                    Photo:  Sarah Baker and Dr. Janet Wilson          Photo:  Bonnie Frederick, Art teacher,     
                                                                                                     Nicholas Martin, and Dr. Wilson
                                                Lexis Trickett – Leadership Forum for Women and Girls
Lexis Trickett, a ninth grade student at Southern High School, attended Governor O’Malley’s Leadership Forum for Women and Girls on March 25 in Annapolis. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Governor Martin O’Malley hosted thirty middle/high school-aged girls from across the state in Annapolis to participate in the Governors Leadership Forum for Women and Girls. The event presented an opportunity for accomplished Maryland women from numerous fields to inspire the next generation to lead both in school and in their communities. The hand-selected group of young women were nominated by school systems across Maryland because of their leadership skills, academic progress, and participation in extracurricular activities.  Lexis toured the Statehouse and Government House, participated in a Maryland Day celebration and took part in various leadership activities.
                                  Photo:  Charlotte Sebold, Board member, Lexis Trickett, and Dr. Janet Wilson.

                                         Lisa Bender – Financial Literacy High School Teacher of the Year
Mrs. Lisa Bender of Southern Garrett High School was recently named as Financial Literacy High School Teacher of the Year for the state of Maryland through the Financial Education and Capability Awards program.  Mrs. Bender is a National Board Certified Teacher who has been featured in USA Today and is a National Master Educator through Take Charge Today (Economics and Financial Education) based out of the University of Arizona.  She writes curriculum and trains teachers nationwide.
                                                Photo:  Rodney Reckart, Board member, and Lisa Bender

                                                      Ryan Wolf – Garrett County Teacher of the Year
Ryan T. Wolf, teacher at Southern Garrett High School, has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.  Ryan teaches Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II.
Ryan’s other key attributes are: Educators Effectiveness Academy attendee the past three years, a SMART Notebook Software and Response Training Facilitator, Professional Learning Communities Leader in mathematics, Head Golf coach and Assistant Bocce coach, Oakland Elks Lodge Teacher of the Year in 2007-08, voted “Easiest Teacher to Understand” by SHS graduating classes from 2006-12, Town of Oakland councilman on his second term, and an active member of the Mt. Lake Park Lions Club.
As Ryan considers the state of education, he indicates, “My message would be that teachers need to provide a positive environment for all students in which they feel safe to take risks and make mistakes on the path to learning.  In order to get the best results, students must be willing to have no fear of failure, because from failure comes learning.  One of my favorite quotes comes from Michael Jordan, ‘I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.’ If students are afraid to fail in your classroom, then they will never be able to achieve their full learning potential.”
                                            Photo:  Rodney Reckart, Board member, and Lisa Bender