Sara Snook, an eighth grade science teacher at North Carroll Middle School, has received the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award for the state of Maryland. The National Association of Geoscience Teachers presents this award to teachers who have made exceptional contributions to stimulating interest in the earth sciences. Snook was recognized for her inclusive practices for students with disabilities.
Snook tries to implement as much hands-on, inquiry-based learning as possible. She believes that she is a facilitator of learning, challenging students to explain or solve real-world phenomena and problems. In doing so, she promotes collaboration and communication among students. She aims to make science accessible and engaging for all students.
Snook has been a county curriculum writer since 2016 and a Maryland State Assessment item writer and scorer. She has received the Carroll County Outstanding Teacher Award and was part of a team of teachers that won the 2021 McLean Yoder Award for Professional Excellence. She is currently completing her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College.