Lucinda (Cindy) Barlow, a Monocacy Middle School sixth grade science teacher, has been named a finalist for the 2022 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for kindergarten-through-sixth grade.
The Maryland State Department of Education selected six candidates for this prestigious honor, which is the highest award bestowed by the U.S. government for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and computer science teaching.
“We’re proud of Ms. Barlow earning this significant honor,” FCPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Mike Markoe said. “Her commitment to students is unwavering, and we’re grateful for the innovative ways she helps prepare students for success in high school and beyond.”
Barlow, who has taught at Monocacy Middle since 2017, was recommended for the honor by Colleen Beall, Secondary Science Curriculum Specialist for FCPS.
Before joining Monocacy, Barlow taught at a private school in Frederick and at schools in Montgomery County. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education at the University of Maryland and a master’s in Education, science and math instruction, from Johns Hopkins University.
“Cindy is masterful at engaging in meaningful science instruction,” said Monocacy Middle Principal Reginald Gunter. “She is a true advocate for all students here at Monocacy.”
The six finalists will be considered by a national committee convened by the National Science Foundation, which will recommend up to two teachers —mathematics or science — from each state to receive the award. Barlow and the other finalists will receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a Presidential certificate, and join an elite cohort of award-winning teachers who can influence state and national STEM teaching.