National Association of Agriculture Educators

The National Association of Agriculture Educators upholds an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of its many talented and dedicated members. They have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The following are the Maryland winners and nominees for the National level awards.

Outstanding Service Citation
Joe Linthicum

Joe Linthicum, who retired as an agriscience teacher at Francis Scott Key High School in July, 2017, has served the community well as a teacher and was the county’s most senior agriscience teacher. He also has provided outstanding service to agriculture education and the agriculture community. He has served as MATA president and on many other boards related to agriculture.  He has been the backbone of the ag mechanics contest and tractor driving at the regional level, as well as many other FFA activities.

MATA Professional Awards

The MATA Professional Awards are designed to recognize agriscience teachers for outstanding accomplishments within their area of expertise. Teachers can be nominated by their peers, supervisors or administrators. The following will receive the 2017 MATA awards.

Spread the Word Award

Joe Linthicum, Francis Scott Key High School
Aaron Geiman, Westminster High School
Diane Safar, Winters Mill High School

Joe Linthicum, Aaron Geiman, and Diane Safar all participated in an FFA Proclamation in Carroll County during FFA Week, followed by a newspaper article, school system announcement, and a video of the County Commissioners meeting at which the proclamation was presented. All three programs also sent members to advocate for agriculture in Annapolis during FFA Week, which again was followed by a school system announcement and a newspaper article. All three programs promote agriculture and FFA activities through community displays and newspaper and school system announcements on a regular basis.

FFA Leadership Award

Diane Safar, Winters Mill High School

The Winters Mill FFA consists of 23 members at the local level for the year 2017. All members participate in local activities. Approximately 50% of the members participate in regional and state level career development and leadership events, as well as other activities.

Winters Mill FFA holds many community events. The most popular is the Food for America program in which 100% of the members participate. The Chapter also displays a promotional table at community events and other CCPS promotions. The Chapter attended the Local FFA Week proclamation and Annapolis legislation trip. The chapter has submitted a POA and Budget on time every year since their charter, 14 years ago. Mrs. Safar spends countless hours beyond the classroom training teams and attending FFA events and assists with SAE projects. Approximately 90% of the Chapter members hold SAE projects.

Other Recognition

  • Joe Linthicum was recognized for his retirement.
  • Terry Adkins, agriscience teacher at South Carroll High School, was recognized for 30 years of service.
  • Clare Linfield, Career Connections Coordinator at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, was recognized for 35 years of service.

Pictured (left to right): Ted McNett, Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technology Education; Eric King, Principal, Winters Mill High School; Aaron Geiman, Agriscience Teacher, Westminster High School; Diane Safar, Agriscience Teacher, Winters Mill High School; Clare Linfield, Career Connections Coordinator, Carroll County Career and Technology Center; Joe Linthicum, Agriscience Teacher, Francis Scott Key High School; Bridget Nicholson, Agriscience Teacher, Manchester Valley High School; and Angie McCauslin, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education.

 

Brendan Gallagher, 2016 Carroll County Teacher of the Year, has been teaching Career and Technology Center students how to become biomedical researchers. 

The Tech Center’s Biomedical Sciences class has become a national leader in STEM education. Lessons highlighted in this video include students learning about the systems of the human body and doing research to develop a plan for various scenarios. Mr. Gallagher's passion for the subject is inspiring to his students, who are involved in many hands-on activities.

Click here to view the video.

 


The Board of Education of Carroll County will be holding a work session on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Board offices, located at 125 North Court Street in Westminster. The topic of the work session will be Parameters and Direction for the Redistricting and Facilities Utilization Committee. The Board of Education will hold a brief special meeting at 1:00 p.m. prior to the work session regarding a personnel item.

The meeting and work session will be broadcast live on Channel 21 and streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to: https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/Pages/CCPS-CETV-Webstreaming.aspx.

The Board of Education of Carroll County will meet in closed session immediately prior to the Board meeting in accordance with Section 10-508 of the Annotated Code of Maryland to discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, promotion, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, resignation, or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction; and consult with legal counsel.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Gregory J. Bricca, Director of Research and Accountability, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3068.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Office of Community and Media Relations at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Supervisor of Community and Media Relations: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 


Carroll County Public Schools will be hosting an eight-day agriscience professional development institute for 20 participants from across the United States on July 18-27, 2017, at Westminster High School.

Participants will travel from Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maryland to participate in this excellent opportunity for intense professional development. The institute will provide experience in a semester-long curriculum for Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. The curriculum was written by Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE).

CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through intense teacher professional development; inquiry-based, student-focused lessons; assessment; and certification.  CASE equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriscience classroom and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Ted McNett, Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technology Education for Carroll County Public Schools, is the coordinator for this CASE Institute. He worked closely with CASE staff, CASE Lead Teachers, and participating teachers from across the nation to help make the institute successful. While at the CASE Institute, participants will spend 65 hours working through nearly every lesson in the curriculum and learning how to deliver lessons using inquiry-based learning, shifting focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.

For more information about CASE, visit www.case4learning.org.

 

 

Christine Lesh, a master science teacher at Winters Mill High School, has been selected as a 2016-2017 Maryland Science Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

Lesh engages Biology, AP Biology, and Honors Anatomy students in meaningful, inquiry-based learning. She has been a member of the Winters Mill faculty for the past ten years and previously taught at Liberty High School.

Lesh has also been selected multiple times by the College Board as an AP Biology reader.  She writes Biology curriculum for Carroll County Public Schools and has been selected by the Maryland State Department of Education as a College and Career Readiness presenter. She also serves on several science-related committees.

The Presidential Awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.

 

 

On June 26-28, 2017, student leaders from the Westminster High School FFA Chapter attended the 89th Maryland FFA convention.  While there, students competed in a variety of Leadership Development Events and Career Development Events.  Highlights include:

  • Henry Brunnett – 2nd in Employability Skills and State Representative to the National FFA Convention in October
  • Lesa Ramsburg – 2nd in Junior Prepared Public Speaking
  • Michaela Bair – 5th in Senior Prepared Public Speaking
  • Alyson Lillibridge – 10th in Senior Prepared Public Speaking
  • Lane Deaton – Honorable Mention in FFA Creed Speaking.

In addition to these events, members of the chapter participated in a variety of leadership workshops. FFA members were encouraged to “Be Bold” by the Maryland FFA State officer team. The Westminster FFA chapter is a leadership development organization affiliated with the Westminster High School Agricultural Education program.

For more information or to support leadership development through Westminster High School FFA, please contact Aaron Geiman at adgeima@carrollk12.org.  

Pictured:

Front Row, Left to Right:

Alyson Lillibridge, Angela Franzino, Lesa Ramsburg, Michaela Bair

Back Row, Left to Right:

Patrick Martin, Henry Brunnett, Rebecca Ellers, Lane Deaton, Aaron Geiman (Advisor)

 

 

The Board of Education of Carroll County will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. in the Charles I. Ecker Boardroom at the Board of Education offices, located at 125 North Court Street, Westminster. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be time for citizen participation at this meeting.

Citizen participation will be held following administrative items and presentations. Citizens who wish to address the Board during Citizen Participation are encouraged to check the agenda prior to the meeting to determine what time the public comment portion of the meeting will begin. The agenda and back-up materials for the meeting can be found by going to the school system’s website at www.carrollk12.org and clicking on Agendas and Documents under Board of Education.

The meeting will be streamed live on the Carroll County Public Schools website at www.carrollk12.org. Click on CETV under News and Media at the bottom of the home page or go directly to:

https://www.carrollk12.org/admin/commedia/cetv/Pages/CCPS-CETV-Webstreaming.aspx.

The Board meeting also will be broadcast live on Channel 21, with rebroadcasts on Thursday, July 13, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, July 15, at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, July 16, at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, July 20, at 8:00 p.m.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) is firmly committed to creating equal employment and educational opportunities for all persons with regard to its employment practices and in the provision of services, programs, and activities. The CCPS does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, genetic information, marital status, mental or physical disability, ancestry or national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. The CCPS provides non-discriminatory access to school facilities in accordance with its policies and regulations regarding the community use of schools (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts). The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Gregory J. Bricca, Director of Research and Accountability, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157, (410) 751-3068.

The Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or the provision of services, programs or activities. Persons needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Office of Community and Media Relations at 410-751-3020 or publicinfo@carrollk12.org, or write to Carroll County Public Schools, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland 21157. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, may use Relay or 7-1-1. Please contact the school system at least one (1) week in advance of the date the special accommodation is needed. Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the Director of Facilities or the Supervisor of Community and Media Relations: Raymond Prokop, Director of Facilities Management, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3177, or Carey Gaddis, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, 125 North Court Street, Westminster, Maryland  21157, (410) 751-3020.

 

 

Students from the Carroll County Career and Technology Center showcased their skills at the SkillsUSA Championships during the 53rd Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 19-23, 2017.

Brittany Whitestone, a 2016 graduate, earned the Gold Medal in Graphic Communications, Post-Secondary. Bronze medals were earned by Lexi Hengeveld in Graphic Communications, Kayla Clingan in Baking and Pastry, and Frankie Foreman in Diesel.

Other students placed as listed below:

  • Promotional Bulletin Board: Sixth. Mary Clark, Callie DiGiacomantonio, & Liv Christopher
  • Electrical Construction Wiring: Seventh. Michael Dickens
  • HVAC: Eighth. Spencer Koenig
  • T-shirt Design: Eighth. Lauren Brock
  • Cosmetology: 10th. Alex Jacobs
  • CNC Turning: 10th. Jeff Green
  • Masonry: 11th. Cole Falkenstine 
  • American Spirit: 14th. Jarred Lafferty, Tyler Masters, & Trevor Wimmer
  • Digital Cinema Production: 23rd. Abe Howard & Connor Lavesque
  • Welding: 39th. Jonathan Knouse.

More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students – all state contest winners – competed hands-on in 100 different trade, technical, and leadership fields. Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting, and culinary arts. Contests were run with the help of industry, trade associations, and labor organizations, and test competencies were set by industry. 

 

 

Nancy Codner, Supervisor of Purchasing for Carroll County Public Schools, is the recipient of the 2017 Paul B. Bell Award presented by the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia. This award recognizes a current member of ASBO-MD&DC who has demonstrated exemplary contributions to schools, the community, and ASBO.

Codner has been a member of ASBO for 19 years and served as president of the organization from 2008-2009. She also served as vice president, president elect, immediate past president, and director-at-large. In addition, she oversaw a project to chronicle the history ASBO through a slide show and is currently compiling a written history of the organization.

Codner has served on a number of ASBO committees. As Chair of the Exhibits Committee, she worked to develop strong relationships with business members and increased sales of exhibit spaces for the spring conference. She was the first Chair of the Membership and Outreach Committee and is currently the Chair of the Awards Committee and Assistant Chair of the Professional Development Committee.

As Supervisor of Purchasing, Codner is responsible for the procurement process and delivery of capital items, general supplies, and services for all entities of the Carroll County Public School System. She also served for two years as Chair of the CCPS Community Advisory Council, a Board-appointed committee which provides a forum for public concerns, advice, and communication to and from the Board of Education. She also is a member of the school system’s Curriculum Council. In addition, she has served as a volunteer at Ski Liberty assisting special needs skiers, volunteers at her daughters’ school, and helps area schools with testing of special needs students.

The Paul B. Bell Award was established to commemorate Paul Bell for his dedication and affection for ASBO and his contributions to Howard County Public Schools. Bell was a long-time member of ASBO-MD&DC and served as President from 1993 to 1994.

 

 

Chantress Baptist, Supervisor of Human Resources, and Kendra Hart, Supervisor of Elementary Instruction and Gifted and Talented Instruction, recently completed the Leadership Carroll program. Hart was overwhelmingly elected by her peers as the student best representing the Class of 2017 to serve as Valedictorian.

Leadership Carroll, co-sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Community College, is considered the premier leadership development program in Carroll County. The program provides existing and emerging leaders with a combination of leadership training and detailed knowledge of the community, including a descriptions of the problems, opportunities, and issues facing the community. Businesses, nonprofit agencies, and government organizations enroll their managers and key professional staff in the program and provide them direct contact with county leaders and institutions.

Participants in the program gather for an overnight retreat in September and for one full-day session each month from October through June. Monthly sessions offer site visits, guest lecturers, expert presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and networking focusing on one or more aspects of life in Carroll County. Topics include state and local government, agriculture, public and private education, business and economic development, justice and the law, and media.

Pictured (left to right):  Chantress Baptist, CCPS Superintendent Stephen Guthrie, and Kendra Hart.

 

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