Horizons teacher receives Lyn McNaught Teaching Award
CHESTERTOWN — Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s — a summer academic and enrichment program for underprivileged students — has announced that middle school head teacher Randy Decker received the esteemed Lyn McNaught Teaching Award at the recent Horizons National Conference in Greenwich, CT. The award honors educators who serve as role models for students and colleagues; provide a nurturing classroom environment that recognizes different learning styles; and create curriculum that is creative, challenging, and exciting to the students. At the conference, Decker was given the opportunity to address the attendees, who come from Horizons locations across the country.
“Randy Decker is an amazing dynamo of teaching excellence,” said Bob Parks, executive director of Horizons of Kent & Queen Anne’s. “He uses every available resource to enrich his students’ learning experiences — from field trips to visits from authors of books the students are reading. Not only has he created an exciting learning environment that keeps students engaged, he has inspired the staff with his commitment to Horizons goals. Randy epitomizes the kind of teacher who makes Horizons successful for students.”
A member of the Horizons family for four summers, Decker started as a fourthgrade teacher and soon began sharing his passion for sailing with his students through sailing lessons. In his second summer, Randy designed and implemented a cutting-edge middle school program at Washington College using STEM, LEGO robotics, code.org, and literacy initiatives — enabling students to grow academically and engage in the learning process.