The Maryland Council for Social Studies would like to congratulate each of of our 2014 Social Studies Award Winners.
Social Studies Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Marcie Taylor-Thoma
Marcie has been awarded the instructional leader of the year award twice before, but MDCSS felt that her outstanding service to social studies instruction in Maryland is also deserving of a Lifetime Achievement award. Marcie is a known figure in the world of social studies. As a teacher in Queen Anne’s county, she worked to advance social studies instruction through an integrated content approach. Her efforts positively impacted the learning experiences for her former students who remember her as a no-nonsense yet caring and dynamic teacher. During her tenure at MSDE, Marcie guided the state in the creation of K-12 content standards and the state curriculum, an exit assessment as a graduation requirement, data analysis, bridge-plan writing….the list is endless. She has weathered every assessment measure, from the functional testing to MSPAP to MSA to HSA to PARCC. Her most recent project was in the role of state representative and editor of the College, Career and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Her contribution to professional growth of teachers cannot be overstated. No one has had greater impact on social studies in Maryland than Marcie Taylor-Thoma.
Outstanding New Social Studies Teacher of the Year – Wendy Kanter, 5th grade teacher at Swansfield Elementary School in Howard County
Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year – Gene Allen Hopkins, Jr. of Milton Somers Middle School in Charles County
Social Studies Instructional Leader of the Year – Kate Johnson, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for Harford County. (Accepting on behalf of Ms. Johnson is Harford County Supervisorsor of Social Studies, George Toepfer)