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Tierney and Barnes receive Outstanding Carroll County Administrator award

Martin Tierney, principal of Manchester Elementary School, and Troy Barnes, assistant principal of Westminster High School, were named as the recipients of the Rita Board Dowd Award for Outstanding Carroll County School Administrators during the Board of Education's employee recognition ceremony Tuesday.

This award is given annually to two school administrators - one principal and one assistant principal - awarded independently. The goal of the award is to recognize exceptional educational leadership in serving Carroll County Public Schools and its students, according to a CCPS news release.

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Martin Tierney has 31 years in the field of education, all in Carroll County. He began his career in 1982 as a speech language pathologist. He became assistant principal at Mechanicsville Elementary School in 1993 and was named principal of Carrolltowne Elementary School in 1998. He has served as principal of Manchester Elementary School since 2007.

Tierney is recognized as an exceptional administrator who shows great compassion and commitment to the students, is always responsive to the concerns of parents and works with parents and teachers to meet the needs of every student, according to the release.

Troy Barnes has spent all of his 24 years in the field of education in Carroll County. He began his career as a teacher at Liberty High School in 1990 and was a member of the Instructional Leadership Team for Century High School. He served as an academy leader and teacher at Century High School until his appointment as acting assistant principal in 2005. He then spent three years as assistant principal at North Carroll High School before moving to Westminster High School in 2008.

Barnes places an emphasis on open communication and works to unite the faculty in order to raise the level of student achievement. He also collaborates with faculty and has established cohort groups to facilitate discussions among teachers across various subjects. In addition, Barnes is known for making the time to help students and teachers in need of assistance.

The Rita Board Dowd Award for Outstanding Carroll County School Administrators was created in memory of Rita Board Dowd, who passed away in May 2009. Dowd taught biology and science at North Carroll High School from 1997 to 2002. She was a member of the faculty that opened Winters Mill High School in 2002 and taught biology until her appointment as assistant principal in 2006.

Any full-time elementary, middle, high school, career and technology, or alternative program principal or assistant principal in the Carroll County Public School System may be nominated for this award, according to the release.

Any student, administrator, teacher, parent, faculty or staff member, or other individual may nominate someone they feel deserves consideration for the award. The selection committee is composed of a member of Rita Board Dowd's family, the previous year's winners, school directors and the assistant superintendent of instruction.

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