Phil Arnold, who teaches Computer-Aided Design—CAD—Engineering and Achitecture classes at the Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC), will receive the 2017 Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award. Sponsored by Hood College, this award is presented each May to an FCPS teacher who has had a significant impact on young people.
Mr. Arnold learned yesterday that he is this year’s honoree when the FCPS “Prize Patrol,” led by Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban and Deputy Superintendent Dr. Michael Markoe, visited him at the CTC. Central office and school administrators, staff and students were present to congratulate him.
Mr. Arnold had three nominations for the award. They were from current student Isaiah Jones and his mother Jacque Braunstein, colleague Carolyn Korb and former student Spencer Korb.
“Mr. Arnold’s approach to teaching and learning is inspiring,” says Principal Mike Concepcion. “He can always find a way to bring the best out in his students. Mr. Arnold has always gone the extra mile to support students; helping them to maximize their potential. You can often find him in his classroom late after school working with students on engineering and architectural projects that can truly make a difference in the world.”
Carolyn Korb agrees that Mr. Arnold is a phenomenal teacher: “Mr. Arnold brings a wealth of information from the private sector that adds to the depth of knowledge that he brings to the classroom. Through his leadership, dedication and encouragement, he has brought every team that he has coached to the national level.”
Mr. Arnold has been an instructor at the CTC for six years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Virginia Tech, and completed coursework in the systems engineering master’s program at the University of Maryland. He then completed coursework in education and received a Maryland teaching certificate.
He has coached or mentored the students enrolled in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program, Real World Design Challenge, Team America Rocketry Competition, First Robitcs, Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Program, and several program-related SkillsUSA competitions.
The late Samuel Eig of Gaithersburg, MD, established the Tressler Award to recognize Dr. Tressler, a Giles professor emeritus of early childhood education who taught at the college from 1964 to 1990. Dr. Tressler chaired Hood’s Education Department for 18 years and served on the school’s graduate school council for 12 years. Hood College will formally present Mr. Arnold the award during its graduate school reception on May 17.