Leadership Development

LDC (2)Our goals include getting teachers involved in their local, state and national union, preparing educators for their job, and fostering relationships through our Read Across America event and essay contest.

Committee Chair: Casey Keenan

UniServ Director: Nicola van Kuilenburg

Members: Missy Dirks, Brittany Blankenship, Jacki Wood, Gary Brennan, Paul Guerin, & Alia Knight-Dahl.

A huge thank you and farewell to Nicole Long and Michelle Alcoser who accepted a job with another Maryland County. They will be missed, thank you for all that you did for the committee!

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

Upcoming 2016-2017 LDC committee meeting dates:
Tuesday, May 9th – 4:30-6:00

Leadership Development Committee presents...

We will return for more GREAT sessions next year! Stay tuned!

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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


Thank you to an amazing SPARKS adventure!

The class of 2017 FCTA LDC SPARKS!


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