Cal­loway hon­ored for pos­i­tive im­pact on stu­dents’ lives

Maryland Independent - - Community - North Point in­struc­tor to re­ceive state award

The crim­i­nal jus­tice pro­gram lead in­struc­tor at North Point High School was re­cently nom­i­nated by his col­leagues to re­ceive an award through the Mary­land Sher­iff’s As­so­ci­a­tion (MSA).

Master Cpl. Roger “Rhett” Cal­loway will be rec­og­nized as the 2015 Deputy of the Year in the Com­mu­nity Ser­vice cat­e­gory of the MSA’s awards pro­gram at the Mary­land Chiefs/Sher­iffs Train­ing Sem­i­nar in Ocean City this month.

Cal­loway has worked at North Point for the past eight school years and en­sures his stu­dents are pre­pared for the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease. Ad­di­tion­ally, he over­sees the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Ex­plorer Post, a pro­gram in which chil­dren ages 1421 who are in­ter­ested in law en­force­ment can par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity ser­vice events such as fin­ger­print­ing as­sign­ments, and traf­fic and crowd con­trol.

Cal­loway said he is hon­ored to rep­re­sent his com­mu­nity and be high­lighted for some­thing he loves to do.

“It is an honor to rep­re­sent the Sher­iff’s Of­fice and to be rec­og­nized for my ef­forts on re­ceiv­ing this award. It would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port from the agency, my ad­vi­sors, the young peo­ple in the pro­grams and es­pe­cially my wife,” he said in the re­lease.

The award hon­ors an in­di­vid­ual with an out­stand­ing per­for­mance record in ser­vice to the com­mu­nity. Cal­loway’s nom­i­na­tion was sub­mit­ted by Charles County sher­iff’s Lt. Charles Baker and de­scribes him as a nat­u­ral leader who goes above and be­yond to pro­vide pos­i­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for teens.

“Master Cpl. Cal­loway is a self­less of­fi­cer,” Baker said in the re­lease. “He makes the pro­grams he is in­volved in a pri­or­ity. He has a rep­u­ta­tion for form­ing and trans­form­ing stu­dents into high char­ac­ter, high stan­dard mem­bers of so­ci­ety. With Cal­loway’s ef­forts, his stu­dents have gone on to ca­reers in law en­force­ment and the mil­i­tary.”

As the lead in­struc­tor of the crim­i­nal jus­tice pro­gram at North Point, Cal­loway teaches lessons that in­clude as­pects of law-abid­ing be­hav­ior, de­vel­op­ing in­formed and re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens, and chal­lenges stu­dents to use their crit­i­cal think­ing and or­ga­ni­za­tional skills. The pro­gram is a ca­reer and tech­nol­ogy ed­u­ca­tion (CTE) pro­gram at North Point and in­ter­ested stu­dents must ap­ply for ad­mit­tance. Stu­dents who en­roll in the pro­gram grad­u­ate with the nec­es­sary skills to en­ter the work­force and ex­pe­ri­ence to­ward a col­lege de­gree in law en­force­ment.

Many of Cal­loway’s crim­i­nal jus­tice stu­dents also par­tic­i­pate in Skills USA, a CTE-based per­for­mance pro­gram in which stu­dents demon­strate their mas­tery of topics such as ed­u­ca­tion les­son plan­ning, weld­ing, culi­nary arts and crim­i­nal jus­tice, and com­pete for lo­cal, state and na­tional awards. Un­der his di­rec­tion, Cal­loway’s stu­dents reg­u­larly re­ceive first- or sec­ond-place awards in the pro­gram.

In ad­di­tion to work­ing with his stu­dents in the class­room and pre­par­ing them for Skills USA events, Cal­loway also pro­vides them with op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­mu­nity so they can learn about giv­ing and help­ing oth­ers.

“These stu­dents learn what it means to give of their time. They give hun­dreds of hours to help the cit­i­zens of the county. Many of these events could not go on if it wasn’t for the great help this group pro­vides,” Cal­loway’s nom­i­na­tion stated.

Cal­loway joined the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in 1993 as a cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer and started his time in the class­room at North Point dur­ing the 2008-09 school year. He will be hon­ored with the award on Sept. 12.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Master Cpl. Roger “Rhett” Cal­loway was nom­i­nated by his col­leagues to re­ceive the 2015 Deputy of the Year in the Com­mu­nity Ser­vice cat­e­gory of the Mary­land Sher­iff’s As­so­ci­a­ton awards pro­gram.

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