During the 3rd annual Culture Expo on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, Kathryn Berling was named the Education That Is Multicultural (ETM) Teacher of the Year and Michael Brown was named the ETM Administrator of the Year.

Kathryn Berling, Media Specialist and ETM Liaison at Taneytown Elementary School, is the Chairperson of the school’s 12-member ETM Committee that she began. This committee led nearly every faculty meeting during the 2018-1019 school year. Berling has been a member of the Carroll One Book organization for two years, selecting books representing diverse communities for the county to read and discuss. She created an annotated list of multicultural children’s books to add to the media center’s collection. As a media specialist, it is important to Berling that students can access books in which they can see themselves in the characters or become familiar with a culture not necessarily represented in the school community.

Michael Brown, principal of Winters Mill High School, entered the school with a clear vision. One of his first initiatives was to start a student organization for students in under-represented groups. Cultural Differences Unite (CDU) was formed early in the 2018-2019 school year to give students a voice. This was a catalyst for directly addressing topics of equity and diversity and challenged students and staff to have courageous conversations. Brown supported students and staff as they challenged their comfort zones and confronted personal biases and gave students that were not involved a safe place to participate.

 

 

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