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Lorie Burdock Named 2016-17 Garrett County Teacher of the Year

Last Updated on Mar 8, 2016 at 3:04pm | Public Information Office

Lorie Burdock, teacher at Northern Middle School, has been named the 2016-17 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.  Lorie teaches sixth grade science at Northern Middle School.  She has been employed by Garrett County Public Schools since 1994, teaching 4th grade at Broad Ford Elementary School for six years before coming to Northern Middle in 2000.  For twelve years she taught 7th grade language and mathematics at Northern Middle School before her current position of the past 4 years.
 
Lorie graduated from Frostburg State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood / Elementary Education.  Lorie indicated, “I love teaching! Science and engineering are extremely important to our country's future. The greatest contribution I can make is the empowerment of my students. My goal is to foster a love of our earth, of experimentation, and of lifelong learning. Sixth grade science is the perfect place to make that happen.”
 
Lorie is a Maryland Association of Student Councils advisor, FIRST LEGO League coach, and FIRST Robotics Competition mentor. She is a member of the Garrett Reading Council and Maryland Reading Council. Lorie was the Elks Garrett County Teacher of the Year in 2011-2012. She has attended many MSDE and Garrett County academies and summits: Environmental Literacy, Math Common Core Standards, STEM, Disciplinary Literacy, School Achievement, and Math Program of Studies. Lorie is the 2015 winner of the MAC Grant and the 2014-15 winner of a CONSOL Energy Grant.
 
Lorie stated, “STEM education is my mission. There is nothing I enjoy more than to see students apply their science knowledge thoughtfully in the correct context. Hands-on and relevant activities are the best ways to teach and engage students. I'm thrilled when my students think outside the box and improvise. There's nothing like seeing kids integrate what they have learned in an innovative way.”
 
As Lorie considers the state of education, she stated, “There are wonderful things happening in classrooms across the country every single day. Children are learning. Teachers and staff are going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of children. Even in an environment where public education is under attack, teachers and staff help students to become better readers, better mathematicians, better leaders, and better citizens on a daily basis.”
 
                         
 
Pictured (L-R):  Barbara Baker, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services and Coordinator of the Teacher of the Year Program; Lorie Burdock, Teacher of the Year; and Richard Stevens, Northern Middle School’s Assistant Principal.