Katie McDonald, a Learning for Independence (LFI) teacher at Westminster High School, is the grand prize winner in the 2020 Touchdown for Teachers program sponsored by the Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank. The program recognizes and honors local teachers for their leadership, dedication, and commitment to education, as well as outstanding service to their school, students, and community. 

McDonald has been teaching students who are intellectually, emotionally, and/or medically impaired for the past six years. She currently coaches the Corollary Sports Program, which introduces special needs students to sports such as Bocce Ball, Bowling, and Corn Toss. She also played an integral role in leading efforts to create an annual Special Needs Prom at Westminster High School. Prior to this, McDonald coached the Westminster High School field hockey team, leading them to a Class 3A state championship title in 2014.

McDonald also serves as co-coordinator of the food pantry at Westminster High School, which benefits students, local families, and community members. She has gained a strong reputation for her tireless volunteering and commitment to ending hunger in Carroll County. Most recently, McDonald has been coordinating ongoing food distribution efforts with the Maryland Food Bank and Together We Own It to ensure local families don’t go hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three finalists will each receive a personalized Ravens jersey and an award plaque. The runners-up will also be awarded $1,000 in grant funds, while McDonald will be presented with a check for $4,000 in grant funds. She also will receive a classroom visit by a Ravens player, accompanied by Ravens mascot Poe and cheerleaders during the 2020-21 school year. 

 

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