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State Superintendent Visits Garrett County Schools

Last Updated on Jan 11, 2017 at 8:13am | Public Information Office

Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, visited Garrett County on Wednesday, January 4, to view the cutting edge educational practices.  She visited Northern Middle School and Grantsville Elementary School.
Dr. Salmon was accompanied by Ms. Barbara Baker, Interim Superintendent of Garrett County Public Schools; Mr. Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education; and Ms. Penny Proudfoot, Director of Elementary School Education.
At Northern Middle School, Dr. Salmon spent time with the robotics team, the morning announcement crew, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) technical education, as well as taking a tour of the school, escorted by Mrs. Karen DeVore, principal.  Dr. Salmon addressed the school during morning announcements by making an appearance on the school’s live news broadcast.  She then met with the FIRST Robotics team for a demonstration of last season’s robot and a discussion of the team’s vision of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. The team invited her to attend the Chesapeake Regional competition in College Park (University of Maryland) in the spring to spend the day with them.  Dr. Salmon visited Brian Schilpp’s technology education classroom.  The students demonstrated their PLTW innovations that engage students in hands-on activities, projects, and empowerment to solve real-world challenges.

                  Photo (l-r):  Karen DeVore, Northern Middle Principal; Barbara Baker, Garrett County
                  Interim Superintendent of Schools; Patrick Lee, junior at Southern High; Abby Burdock,
                  senior at Northern High; Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools; Bethany
                  Hershberger, senior at Northern High;  Joshua Smith, senior at Northern High; Justin
                  Hershberger, senior at Northern High; Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education;
                  and Chuck Trautwein, Computer Teacher.
                   Photo (l-r):  Left to right:  Caleb Rowan, Caleb Rush, Dr. Salmon, Garrett Uphold,
                   and Emma Carr (all 8th grade students at Northern Middle School)
Dr. Salmon, then visited Grantsville Elementary School.  Besides touring the school, escorted by Principal Nicole Miller, she spent time with the students in the early childhood area viewing the partnership with the Judy Center and the Early Learning Programs.  The two classrooms she visited focused on small group learning, rotating from station to station.  Dr. Salmon spent some time with Ms. Jill Evan’s Pre-Kindergarten class (4 year olds).  The students were involved in group activities with assistance from Mr. Steve Knepp and Ms. Carrie Wampler from the Judy Center.   She then observed a Pre-Kindergarten / Head Start classroom consisting of 3 and 4 year old students.  The students in Ms. Kimberly Collins class presented Dr. Salmon with a painting, from all the early learning students in the school, depicting a winter scene that has the students’ thumb prints representing snowflakes and pine cones, with their names under each.
                    Photo (l-r): Front Row- Cassidy Klotz, Westen Satterfield, Julia Ramsey, Natalie Parsons 
                                      Back Row- Gabby Wilburn, Tyler Smith, Dr. Salmon, Zac Lewis, Dominic  
                                      Brown, Julian Dery
Dr. Salmon departed late morning to tour several facilities in Allegany County in the afternoon.
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