Eight of Carroll County's teachers were honored last night for encouraging confidence and self-esteem in their students and helping them apply their lessons to everyday life.
The teachers -- among 119 nominated by peers, students or community groups -- each received a $300 cash award and a plaque last night at the fifth annual Carroll County Outstanding Teacher banquet, sponsored by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and attended by more than 400 people.
Also, for the first time, three teachers were given $300 scholarships to further their education.
The scholarship applicants did not have to be nominated.
In each case, teachers were evaluated on their answers to two essay questions.
Candidates for the outstanding teacher award were asked how they inspire students to learn, to build confidence and self-esteem.
They also told how they help students apply classroom concepts to the real world.
Scholarship contenders were asked how they will incorporate one of the county's new "exit outcomes" into their curriculum, and how they would use the scholarship if they won.
Winners of the Outstanding Teacher Award were:
* Judith A. Babylon, a practical nursing teacher at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center since October 1982. Ms. Babylon, an operating room nurse for 16 years before she began teaching, said on her application that she "inspires students to learn by setting high expectations for them that will enable them to be quality members of a health care team."
She graduated from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1966, from the College of Notre Dame in 1985 and Western Maryland College in 1991.
* Mabel S. Braune, a teacher at Sandymount Elementary since 1961. Ms. Braune, who graduated from Towson University in 1970 and Western Maryland College in 1978, said she inspires confidence in her students by allowing them to be teachers.
"The real world does exist in the classroom where children live in and react to diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, educational and financial backgrounds," she said in her application form.
* Karen E. Daugherty, a special education teacher at Robert Moton Elementary since 1989. A graduate of Bowling Green University, the University of Akron and Western Maryland College, she is enrolled in a Ph.D. program with LaSalle University.
Ms. Daugherty, who has been teaching since 1972, said in her application that she sends letters to students each July to determine each child's specialties and interests. She then refers other students to the "expert" when that topic comes up in class.
* E. Jane Farver, a resource teacher for the extended enrichment program at Piney Ridge, Eldersburg and Freedom elementaries. Ms. Farver graduated from Frostburg State in 1972 and from Towson State in 1980.
The assistant director for the Towson State University Institute for gifted children, Ms. Farver said her students have written to legislators and officials with suggestions to solve problems with the Carroll County landfills and pollution in Chesapeake Bay.
* Peter R. Litchka, a social studies teacher at North Carroll High School since 1978. Mr. Litchka was been recognized by the Council of Economic Education in Maryland in 1988, 1989 and 1991 for his economics teaching programs.
He graduated from the State University of New York in 1972 and from Johns Hopkins University in 1983.
* Orlindo A. Pagulayan, a mathematics teacher at Mount Airy Middle since 1969, said in his application that he has "kept [his] teaching experiences that of a win/win situation for [his] students. They are aware I will not abandon them when faced with problems."
Mr. Pagulayan graduated from Philippine College in 1964, from Bucknell University in 1969 and Western Maryland College in 1971.
* Janet S. Shearer, a teacher at Westminster Elementary since 1988. A graduate of Salisbury State and Western Maryland College, she is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an educational honor society.
Ms. Shearer said she keeps student interest in her classes with activities such as asking children to dress as scarecrows at the end of the unit on autumn, treating them to a 6-foot sub at the end of a unit on heroes, and dressing as 100-year-old lady on the 100th day of school.
* Patricia V. Zepp, a media specialist at New Windsor Middle since 1990. She was a seventh-grade life sciences teacher at East Middle from 1977 until January 1990, when she left to complete her master's degrees in library sciences and library media at Western Maryland College.
The three teachers who received scholarships were:
* Pat Lichtfuss, an early intervention kindergarten teacher at Robert Moton Elementary, who plans to use the scholarship to take computer classes in Baltimore.
* Katherine Barker, a home economics teacher at New Windsor Middle, who plans to use the scholarship toward a class in consumer education at Hood College.
* Mindi Wagner, a physical education teacher at Robert Moton, who plans to use the scholarship toward completing her master's degree in education at Western Maryland College.