Frederick County Public School System Teacher Wins Award

She teaches social studies at Oakdale High School.

Kate Ehrlich, teacher, Oakdale High School (Photo from Frederick County Public Schools)

Frederick, Md (KM) A Frederick County Public School teacher has won an award. The School System says Kate Ehrlich was named the Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Council on Social Studies during its annual conference on April 6th. .

Ehrlich teaches at Oakdale High School. She is a graduate of Towson University and has a Masters Degree in the Humanities from Hood College; and she earned her board certification in 2011.  Ehrlich has been a teacher with the local public school system since 2006.

FCPS says Ehrlich was recognized by the council for her excellence as a teacher for her development of a number of courses in Frederick County Public Schools, including a new dual enrollment Cultural Identity in American course, and her sponsorship of the Rho Kappa social studies honor program.

Ehrlich has been working, says FCPS, on expanding Frederick County’s historical narrative. She received a grant from the Institute for Common Power to develop a traveling exhibit about local Black and African-American history. It features several notable local figures from Frederick County and their impact on local history and the Frederick Community. The Exhibit is traveling through high schools this year, and will continue its journey next year to more high schools and middle schools.

“Ms. Ehrlich is a consummate professional; she is a leader of her peers  and dedicated to her students,” says Colleen Bernard, Curriculum Specialist of Secondary Social Studies for Frederick County Public Schools, in a statement. . “She is always seeking new knowledge and ways  to grow her professional practice. Every summer she engages in a study abroad for teachers  program, and then returns to share her learning with her peers.”

In March, 2024, Ehrlich was recognized by the Maryland General Assembly,  and State Senator Bill Folden and Delegate April Miller.

By Kevin McManus