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GCPS Counselors to Present at Maryland Project Lead the Way State Conference

Last Updated on Sep 15, 2015 at 1:59pm | Public Information Office

In Fall 2014, Garrett County Public Schools (GCPS) new Gateway to Technology program in the middle schools had a certification visit.  The representatives from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) gave the school system and programs an excellent rating, leaving very impressed with the teachers, administrators, and staff.  One thing they made special note of was how involved the counselors were in the career and interest developments of the middle school students, and innovations of the career portfolios.
 
In Spring 2015, MSDE did a full Career Technology Education (CTE) monitoring visits of the high schools.  Once again, GCPS shined and received glowing reports from MSDE.  Again, noting the dedication, knowledge, and innovation of teachers, administrators, and staff, GCPS got an outstanding review.  The review panel noted how much everyone worked together, both vertically from middle to high school, but also horizontally between each high school and middle school.
 
Due to those reviews and visits, Mr. Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education, was recently approached about having the schools counselors present at the annual Maryland Project Lead the Way (PLTW) State Conference in Baltimore on October 28, 2015, on the topic of career and technology vertical teaming between middle and high schools, citing Garrett County as an exemplar in the state on that particular transition. 
 
Dr. Wilson stated, “This excellent rating is just one example of the tremendous opportunities provided to our students each and every day.  I am proud of the work the counselors are doing in helping our students formulate goals for their future.”
 
School counselors participating in the Maryland PLTW Conference are John Hummel (Northern High School), Noelle Bell (Southern Middle School), Dawn Panther (Southern Middle School), and Denise Steinkirchner (Southern High School).  Kaitlin Greig (Northern High School) and Jenna Hankinson (Northern Middle School) will also attend the conference.