Leadership Development

LDC (2)Our goals include getting educators involved in their local, state and national union, preparing educators for their job, and fostering relationships.

Committee Chair: Casey Keenan

UniServ Director: Nicola van Kuilenburg

Members: Missy Dirks, Brittany Blankenship, Jacki Wood, Alia Knight-Dahl, Deborah Carter, Crystal Dorsey, & Sherry Haydel

If you would like to know more information please contact Casey Keenan at Casey.Keenan@fcps.org or LDCFCTA@gmail.com

Upcoming 2017-2018 LDC committee meeting dates:

Tuesday, November 14th – 4:30-6:00

Tuesday, December 12th – 4:30-6:00

Tuesday, January 9th – 4:30-6:00

Tuesday, February 13th – 4:30-6:00

Tuesday, March 6th – 4:30-6:00

Tuesday, April 3rd – 4:30-6:00

Tuesday, May 8th – 4:30-6:00

Ever been to an Unconference? Want to network with other educators from around the area? Need to clock 3 1/2 hours of professional learning hours?

We are excited to announce that FCTA’s Leadership Development committee is hosting their first ever Edcamp on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. Any and all Frederick County Teachers Association members are welcomed!

The morning is PACKED with tons of great stuff! The day will include coffee and a light breakfast along with meeting spaces for educators. We will also have a quick SMACKDOWN session, and raffle off a TON of amazing prizes! We hope to see you there!



Date and Time:

Saturday, November 4th, 2017 – 8:00am – 12:00pm


Frederick High School

Hashtag and Handle:

The official hashtag for the event is #EdcampFCTA & you can also tag #Edcamp

If you Tweet before, during or after the event, please tag us at @LDC_FCTA & @MyFCTA

Leadership Development Committee presents...





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The Read Across America Downtown Book Giveaway

Our First annual Downtown Frederick Dr. Seuss Book giveaway! We hope you can join us next year! We still have a few Teacher I am shirts left in each size from S-3XL, please contact Casey Keenan at Casey.Keenan@fcps.org to order one. They are $15 and the money will go to help fund next years books.



The Middle School READIE 500

The Readie 500 (1)2017 Winners

Congratulations to these amazing Middle School students who read an extra 500 minutes in March!

Humza Husain – Windsor Knolls Middle – Mrs. Cameron

Chris Arana – Crestwood Middle School – Mrs. Travis

Mariana Ramirezn Niz – Monocacy Middle – Mrs. Knight-Dahl

Elementary School Dr. Seuss Essay contest

2017 Winners

This years quote was, “A persons a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who

K-2 category: Brenna Davies Centerville Elementary – Mrs. Lloyd

3-5 category:  Kylie Stracener – Sabillasville Elementary– Mrs. Austin

1st Grade category: Nora SandsWhittier Elementary – Mrs. Kinnamont

2nd Grade category: Julia MooreUrbana Elementary – Mrs. McKeever

3rd Grade category: Alexander Dennis Thurmont Elementary  – Mrs. Crone

4th Grade category: Hannah W. – Sabillasville Elementary – Mrs. Doney

5th Grade category: Alyssa Davies Centerville Elementary – Mrs. Hames

2016 Winners

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

K-2 category: Leyna Durrshmidt Emmitsburg ES – Mrs. Keller

3-5 category: Marleigh KlamertMiddletown ES – Mrs. Eyler

Kindergarten category: Roxana Zarbalian – Kemptown ES – Mrs. Montgomery

1st Grade category: Samantha Williams – Centerville ES – Mrs. Hagen

2nd Grade category: Leyna Durrshmidt – Emmitsburg ES – Mrs. Keller

3rd Grade category: Rebecca Davis – Twin Ridge ES – Mrs. Shoemaker

4th Grade category: Alyssa Davies – Centerville ES – Mrs. Hames

5th Grade category: Marleigh Klamert – Middletown ES – Mrs. Eyler

2015 Winners

“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child”

1st Grade category:

1st place – Olivia Baker– Emmitsburg ES – Ms. Beckner

2nd Grade category:

1st place – Lindsay Chance – Brunswick ES – Ms. Mace

2nd place – Naomi Tipton – Emmitsburg ES – Mrs. Keller

3rd Grade category:

1st place – Tessa R. McKenzie – Emmitsburg ES – Mr. Brown

2nd place – Matthew Alfronso –  Monocacy ES – Mrs. Fogle

5th Grade category:

1st place – Kara Graves – Brunswick ES – Mrs. Chew

2nd place – Sadie Batson – Brunswick ES- Mr. Price

2014 Winners

2014’s Read Across America was successful with more than 70 readers across the county inside our classroom. Even though we had a snow day on the event day, we have had classrooms and readers reschedule readings! GO FCPS & FCTA!

Ella Pritchett Essay

Jotam Torrens Essay


SAVE THE DATE: April 19th – 21st, 2018

Thank you to an amazing SPARKS adventure!

The class of 2017 FCTA LDC SPARKS!


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