Aaron Geiman, agriscience teacher at Westminster High School, has received the Maryland Chapter of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Teacher of the Year Award for his dedication to agriscience education. He will now go on to represent Maryland in the ACTE Region 1 Teacher of the Year process.
This award recognizes the finest career and technical teachers who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students, and dedication to the improvement of career and technology education in their schools and communities.
Geiman has served as a leader of agriscience education in Carroll County Public Schools for 22 years. He develops and revises curricula for the school system and works with other agriscience professionals to create curricula at the national level that reflect current practices in industry and education and prepare future professionals in science and agriculture.
Instruction in Geiman’s classroom is inquiry-based and makes connections with science, reading, and mathematics. He is committed to work-based learning and supervised agricultural experiences for students in his program and has attained 100% participation in these experiences.
Geiman has shown tremendous commitment in his role as an FFA advisor for over 20 years. He works tirelessly with his students to develop the leadership skills needed to compete successfully in events such as the BIG E competition and the National FFA Convention. He also arranges for students to go to Annapolis to participate in FFA policy meetings and presentations.
Geiman attends national conferences for ACTE and the National Association of Agricultural Educators, attends workshops, and participates in Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) professional development. He is a CASE Lead/Master Teacher to teachers throughout the nation and has worked with the Maryland State Department of Education to implement National Quality Program Standards for Agricultural Education. He has piloted several CASE courses and led the implementation of the CASE curriculum in Carroll County, increasing rigor and relevance through inquiry-based instruction.
According to Angie McCauslin, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education for Carroll County Public Schools, “Aaron’s passion for agriscience and teaching students who share that passion is a true example of teachers leading the charge and getting things done. He models what effective teacher leadership is, and does so every day for his students.”