Tim Rodman, social studies teacher at Walter Johnson High School, has been named the 2018 Maryland Financial Literacy High School Teacher of the Year during a ceremony at the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis.
The Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE), the CASH Campaign of Maryland, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) awarded Maryland teachers for their work with students promoting financial literacy in their school districts and across the state.
“The financial literacy educator award exemplifies the work we do each day to help our students become successful citizens in life,” Rodman said. “Teachers all across the country get up early, most of the time before many other professions, to light up a darkened classroom in an effort to help our students get excited about learning. … I try to do what every other teacher does every day: to instill in our students the importance of financial literacy and why it is so critical to my students’ past, present and future.”
Rodman was nominated by several of his former and current students, for creating a financial literacy unit where students learned how to balance a checkbook, write checks, manage credit cards, build credit and reconcile credit statements, pay taxes, bank online, tools for financial investing, dealing with identity theft and how to set financial goals. He has presented the unit at teacher forums and annual financial education seminars, as well as distributed the curriculum to teachers across the state of Maryland who use the curriculum in their lessons with students.
“Without a firm foundation in financial literacy, I fear [students] may be heading for a roller coaster ride of maxed-out credit cards, meeting minimum payments, ballooning college debt and personal financial panic with fears of no way out. Fortunately, financial education helps equip our students with the tools they need to be successful consumers, financially literate customers, engaging entrepreneurs and lifelong budget-conscious citizens. … Everyone wins when our young people have the financial education to balance their checking account, budget for their college and career, manage their credit history, and invest in their retirement.”
Wyngate Elementary Teacher Named a Finalist for Presidential Award
Bonnie Cook, a kindergarten teacher at Wyngate Elementary School, has been named a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Other finalists in Maryland include science teachers from Howard County, Garrett County and Baltimore County public schools.
Somerset Media Specialist Is a Finalist for State Honor
Tracy Jeffcott, media specialist at Somerset Elementary School, is one of four finalists for the Maryland Association of School Librarians’ (MASL) School Librarian of the Year for 2018.
The Maryland School Librarian of the Year award honors a librarian for exemplary service and outstanding achievements in the field of school library media. The winner will be announced at the Common Ground Conference in Ocean City in May.
To be considered for this award, nominees met the basic eligibility requirements, including being a current member of MASL, a Certified School Librarian, actively serving as a school librarian in a public, private, or independent school in Maryland that serves any students in grades PreK-12, and serving in the same role/position for three or more years.