Tolley hired as Supervisor of Instruction for Career and Technology Education
CENTREVILLE — Adam Tolley joins Queen Anne’s County Public Schools this year as Supervisor of Instruction of Social Studies and Career and Technology Education. Tolley was most recently the assistant principal of Mace’s Lane Middle School in Cambridge and is from Dorchester County.
He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Salisbury University and started teaching Social Studies at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School in 2002. “I am excited to have this opportunity to meet new people and work with teachers and students across the county,” said Tolley.
Tolley’s biography says he is a former high school soccer player and he enjoys hanging out with his own kids — a 13-year-old son and a 15-year-old daughter — and going camping when they can. He is also an Orioles fan.
Tolley said his goal for this school year will be to get to know everyone and get a full understanding of how things work. “I want to build relations with people here in this system,” said Tolley, “I am very excited to be here in Queen Anne’s County.”
According to QACPS description, Career and Technology Education prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers. These careers require varying levels of education, from high school and postsecondary certificates, to apprenticeships, or two- and four-year college degrees. Students add value to their overall education by completing CTE programs of study that provide opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials and college credit while still in high school.
CTE is no longer the vocational programs of the past, instead the skills students will learn are technical, rich in math and science and provide critical thinking skills. In addition to more traditional courses such as cosmetology, last year school year QACPS offered for the first time a Homeland Security program of study at Kent Island and Queen Anne’s high schools.
Students worked with emergency management systems and other agencies to evaluate real life situations. The course was designed to help them become proficient in problem solving, analyzing issues, and introduce students to governmental and humanitarian response mechanisms for natural and man-made disasters.