Seven teachers from Frederick County Public Schools earned recognition at this year’s Maryland Agriculture Teachers Association (MATA) summer conference this month. From the FCPS Career and Technology Center, Diane Herndon was named the MATA Teacher of the Year, and instructor Doug Hering received an award for professional excellence in agricultural mechanics. Middletown High School teachers Sara Seiser and Sarah Shriner earned the MATA’s Outstanding Secondary Program Award. Ms. Seiser also received an award for professional excellence in Supervised Agricultural Experience. Frederick High School teacher Richard Stonebraker received the Teacher Turn the Key Scholarship Award for new teachers to continue their professional development in agriculture education. Linganore High School teacher Tom Hawthorne received the Teacher of Teacher's Award, given to teachers with former students in agricultural teaching positions; Richard Stonebraker is a former student of Mr. Hawthorne’s. Also from Linganore High School, teacher Patricia Beachy received an award for professional excellence in animal science.
“FCPS has the largest agriculture education program of public school districts in Maryland,” says Dr. Kristine Pearl, FCPS Career and Technology Education supervisor. “We are extremely proud of the excellent instruction our teachers deliver in this field so significant to Frederick County. Evidence of their achievement abounded at the July ‘AGcentuate Your Classroom’ Maryland Agriculture Educators Conference in Princess Anne, Maryland.”
The MATA is part of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Additional information is online: https://mata-md.org.