A science teacher at Old Court Middle School was named Baltimore County Public School teacher of the year Thursday.
Corey Carter, who teaches 8th grade science and co-founded the My Brother's Keeper Mentoring Program at the school, received the award for focusing "on the whole child."
"Corey Carter sets a wonderful example of what teaching in Baltimore County looks like," said Superintendent Dallas Dance, adding that Carter "fosters relationships with each and every student who comes through his door. Not only that, but he gives students the tools and confidence they need to be in charge of their own learning, and places an emphasis on critical thinking."
As Baltimore County's latest Teacher of the Year, Carter will represent Team BCPS and compete for the honor of Maryland State Teacher of the Year. He will appear across multiple venues to champion the teaching profession as well as what it means to be an educator in Baltimore County Public Schools.
Carter, who has been teaching for six years, is the team leader for his grade level. He holds a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Master of Arts in education, secondary science also from UMBC. The mentoring program he co-founded came out of a White House initiative started by President Barack Obama to address "persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color" by connecting them to mentors, support networks, and skills building programs that will help them succeed in life.
"Every day, teachers must blend life lessons, content, assessments, feedback, and a sprinkling of high-fives all in pursuit of impacting a young life. But the true impact of educating others is as much about sharing knowledge as it is learning from them," Carter said in statement. "In fact, teaching has been most rewarding when showing others what they have taught me. My students push me to listen more, celebrate more, and to show them why I love what I do."