Eastern Tech ed­u­ca­tor awarded statewide honor

The Avenue News - - EDITORIAL -

On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19, the TEEAM (Tech­nol­ogy & En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land) an­nounced that An­gela Wal­drop, an en­gi­neer­ing teacher at Eastern Tech, was se­lected as the High School TEEAM Teacher Ex­cel­lence award win­ner for the state of Mar yland. Cri­te­ria for the award re­quires an ex­ten­sive back­ground in Tech­nol­ogy and En­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion and pur­su­ing var­i­ous on-go­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. Cre­ative and in­no­va­tive use of re­sources and meet­ing the needs of a di­verse stu­dent pop­u­la­tion are also cru­cial fac­tors con­sid­ered in the TEEAM Teacher Ex­cel­lence award se­lec­tion process.

Wal­drop, a 13 year vet­eran with BCPS, be­lieves, “the main goals of tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion are to pre­pare stu­dents to rec­og­nize and use var­i­ous sources of tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing cut­ting edge-tools and de­vices...to pre­pare them to be com­pet­i­tive, global ci­ti­zens.” Wal­drop em­pha­sizes that her global ap­proach to teach­ing Tech­nol­ogy and En­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion is scaf­folded through the “De­sign Think­ing” process, in which stu­dents are taught to in­ves­ti­gate and in­no­vate based on the needs of a par­tic­u­lar per­son or group of peo­ple. Wal­drop added, “This branch of ed­u­ca­tion should pre­pare stu­dents to have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude when prob­lems arise so they may seek out tools and sys­tems to solve such prob­lems.” It is with this ded­i­ca­tion to stu­dent learn­ing and main­tain­ing a spirit of pos­i­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion that has cul­mi­nated in Wal­drop’s suc­cess both in the class­room and as MESA (Math En­gi­neer­ing Sci­ence Achieve­ment) club co­or­di­na­tor at Eastern Tech.

Wal­drop will be rec­og­nized for her ef­forts at the TEEAM Teacher Ex­cel­lence awards din­ner in Feb­ru­ary at the En­gi­neer’s club in Bal­ti­more and will also be con­sid­ered for a Na­tional/ State Award at the ITEEA 2019 Con­fer­ence in Kansas City, Mis­souri this Spring.

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