For her outstanding contributions to science education for the State of Maryland, Frederick County Public Schools’ science teacher April Clark was named the 2017 Maryland Association of Science Teachers (MAST) Outstanding Educator. The sole statewide recipient to earn the award for the middle school level, Ms. Clark teaches sixth grade science at Oakdale. She was honored at a MAST luncheon last Friday, October 6.
Ms. Clark began teaching at FCPS in 2014 at West Frederick Middle, having taught science at two schools in Pennsylvania. In just a few years in Maryland she has made significant contributions. For example she has written curriculum for science and the FCPS Highly Able Learner program. She has served as a STEM leader, chaired a school science department, coached a Maryland Science Olympiad team, coordinated a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Fair, and participated in the Catoctin Mountain National Park teacher ranger program as well as in CODE.org activities and numerous other STEM-related activities.
“Ms. Clark makes everyone at FCPS proud,” says Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. “She fosters a love for science in her students by reaching and engaging them. She’s a great teacher.”