Rhonda Lambert, who teaches science at Monocacy Middle School, will receive the 2018 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.
Lambert learned this morning that she is this year’s honoree when Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban led the FCPS “Prize Patrol” on a visit to her at school. Central office and school administrators and staff were present to congratulate her.
Monocacy Middle science teacher Andrea Maruskin and Principal Dr. Stephanie Ware nominated Lambert for this year’s award. Maruskin knows quality science teaching when she sees it; she served as the FCPS 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year.
“Mrs. Lambert never shies away from a challenge or is too busy to help a student or assist another teacher,” says Principal Ware. “She is a team player, determined to offer her students the best of everything. She knows that the best teachers are also learners and continually dedicates herself to opportunities for professional development.”
When not teaching or taking classes, Lambert has earned her school significant resources through successful grant writing to enrich student learning. She serves numerous additional roles from PTA staff liaison to Student Government Association advisor to Science Olympiad coach, Monocacy School Yard Habitat Team historian and more. She organizes school service projects such as Pasta for Pennies for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Society, and food and hygiene items drives for local shelters. At her children’s schools, she has volunteered as PTA president, School Improvement Team member, and Band Booster president, among other roles. The mother of four girls, she even led a Cub Scout Den for two years when asked to assist. These activities earned her the Maryland Life PTA Membership Award, FCPS Volunteer Award and Young Womanhood Recognition Award from her church.
Lambert has taught science at Monocacy Middle for 14 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education, magna cum laude, from Mount St. Mary’s University after originally pursuing a degree in science while working for the federal government. She then earned her master’s degree in education with a science inquiry focus from Walden University.
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 Ms. Lambert the award during its graduate school reception on May 16.