Michelle Singer, an English teacher and Student Government Association (SGA) advisor at Liberty High School, has received the 2018-2019 Mike Michelson Advisor of the Year Award presented by the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC).
Singer has advised the Liberty SGA for the past four years. During that time, she has expanded student involvement in SGA and promoted relationships and leadership. She exhibits care and excitement for her students and believes that the most important aspect of student government is that it must be student-led. She empowers students by allowing them to make every decision and then supports that decision.
Carroll County Student Government Association (CCSGA) Regional Advisor Jeffrey Alisauckas says, “Under Mrs. Singer’s leadership, the SGA at Liberty High School has grown and flourished. Because of her loving, caring, nurturing, and guiding nature, she has been able to find a leadership spark in many, many students.”
As SGA advisor, Singer’s emphasis on student leadership has fostered a community of ambitious leaders, new ideas, and representation. Singer creates an environment that encourages students to take roles in student leadership beyond the school. Liberty students currently serve as the president, vice president, and secretary of the CCSGA, and several students serve as CCSGA staff members.
Liberty has a larger delegation consistently attending CCSGA events than any other middle or high school in the county. The association also has a presence at state events such as the MASC fall leadership conference, legislative session, and convention. Students also attend national student council events, including the recent national Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) Conference. These events give students the opportunity to network at the state level and foster growth in leadership.
According to Liberty High School student and CCSGA President Natalie Beller, “Mrs. Singer instills the best qualities of leadership in her students and sets an example for everyone that comes through her organization. She is a role model and truly cares for her students, wanting the best for them in every situation.”