Leonardtown Educator Named Agnes Meyer Winner

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (April 8, 2010)—Ms. Katherine Frederick, a music teacher at Leonardtown Middle School, was recently named St. Mary's County Public Schools' recipient of The Washington Post 2010 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award.

The Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award was established more than 23 years ago by The Washington Post Company Education Foundation to recognize teachers who exemplify excellence in the teaching profession and is named after Agnes Meyer, a staunch supporter and defender of public education, and the wife of Eugene Meyer, who purchased the paper in 1933.

"Ms. Frederick is very deserving of this award" said Dr. Michael J. Martirano, superintendent of schools. "Nothing brings her more joy than sharing her lifelong passion for music with her students each and every day."

Ms. Frederick, who earned her Bachelor's degree in K-12 music education from Alderson-Broaddus College, and her Master's degree in curriculum and instruction design from McDaniel College, began her teaching career in St. Mary's County Public Schools in 1987, and has taught general music, band, and chorus. She also served as the choral director at Spring Ridge Middle School from 2001 to 2003, and has served in that same capacity at Leonardtown Middle School since 2003.

"In the classroom, Mrs. Frederick makes learning so much fun," wrote third year chorus students in their letter of support for Ms. Frederick. "She makes melodic sight reading and rhythmic sight reading seem fun and interesting even though they are anything but. Mrs. Frederick has terrific knowledge about singing and chorus and teaches us everything she knows, one step at a time so we thoroughly understand… She connects the material to things that we can relate to."

Ms. Frederick and the other recipients, representing 19 local public school districts and one representing the area private schools, will be recognized on May 11, 2010, at a ceremony hosted by The Washington Post.

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