SMECO honors teachers for math and science achievements

SMECO honors teachers for math and science achievements


Six Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) teachers were recently named 2016 Outstanding Math and Science Teacher Honorees by Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) for their accomplishments in the area of mathematics and science teaching. One teacher is selected annually at each level – elementary, middle and high school – for excellence in mathematics and science teaching.

Honored as Outstanding Mathematics Teachers of the Year are Linda Tavares, Arthur Middleton Elementary School; David Wood, Milton M. Somers Middle School; and Adam Frisbee, Thomas Stone High School.

Honored as Outstanding Science Teachers of the Year are Margo Barbone, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School; Amy Arnold, Somers; and Michelle Schoenbauer, La Plata High School.

Tavares has been teaching at Middleton for the past 11 years and joined CCPS as a teacher in 2005. She currently teaches fourth-grade mathematics, literacy, social studies, speaking and listening. Tavares has served as a team leader for seven years and coach of the school math team. She also coaches the mathematics, engineering and science achievement (MESA) program at Middleton and presents at elementary-school level professional development sessions for teachers. Tavares has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in instructional technology. She also holds an Advanced Professional Certificate through the Maryland State Department of Education.

Wood has been teaching at Somers for the past eight school years and joined CCPS as a teacher in 2008. He currently teaches Algebra I and works with eighth-grade students. He has also worked with seventh graders and taught Algebra II and grade-level inclusion classes. Wood is the math department chair, a position he has held for the past three years. Additionally, he has sponsored the Lego Robotics club and chess team, and has also coached both the boys’ and girls’ track teams. Wood also helps to write curriculum, formative assessment questions and presents at school- and countywide professional development sessions. He is also enrolled in the CCPS Leadership Extension Application and Development (LEAP) program which supports teachers interested in pursuing administrative opportunities.

Frisbee has been teaching at Charles County high schools for the past six years. He has been teaching at Stone for the past two school years and previously taught for four years at Maurice J. McDonough High School. Frisbee works with students in grades 9-12 in Advanced Placement (AP) calculus, pre-calculus and Algebra I classes. He is the assistant outdoor track and field coach and is a senior certified representative for the Education Association of Charles County (EACC) teacher’s union. Frisbee has served as a Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) state delegate and has facilitated high-school level mathematics professional development sessions. He also helps to write curriculum and was a member of the pre-calculus curriculum writing team.

Barbone began her career in education as a fourth-grade teacher with Prince George’s County Public Schools. She joined CCPS in 1996 at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy. She currently teaches science to students in grades 3-5 and also teaches fifth-grade math. Barbone has been an elementary-level science teacher for the past 12 years and also worked as a Title I math resource teacher for six years. At Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy, Barbone sponsors a Lego Robotics team and works with students in the MESA program.

Arnold joined CCPS as a science teacher at Matthew Henson Middle School in 2006. She has been teaching at Somers for the past four school years and is a seventh-grade life science teacher. She has also taught earth and space science classes and participates in professional development sessions for middle school science teachers. Arnold is also the SeaPerch coach at Somers. SeaPerch is an underwater robotics program in which students build and operate an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). A SeaPerch team Arnold coaches was invited to compete at the national level after receiving an overall regional award at a recent regional competition. Additionally, Arnold is also active in Relay for Life activities and sponsors the group at Somers.

Schoenbauer has been teaching with CCPS for the past seven years, all of which she has served at La Plata. She currently teaches students enrolled in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science program and is the student government advisor. Schoenbauer has also taught biology and earth science classes at La Plata and serves as the It’s Academic coach. She also works at the James E. Richmond Science Center. Schoenbauer has a master’s degree in educational leadership and is pursuing a gifted and talented certification through Langston University.

The teachers were nominated for the awards by staff, students and parents. Each was chosen for their outstanding performance in the areas of creativity, rapport with students, enthusiasm for teaching, professionalism, and for using innovative techniques and teaching methods in the classroom. They will be honored by SMECO at an April 20 reception.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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