Linganore High Teacher 2024 Tressler Award Winner

She has been teaching at Linganore High since 2016.

Tessler Award presented at Linganofre High.  Recipient Patti Kolias with bouquet in hand, and wearing ‘”No Place For Hate” T-shirt.  Photo from Frederick County Public Schoosl.

Frederick, Md (KM) English teacher Patti Kolias is the 2024 winner of the Charles-E-Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award.

She leaned of the honor during a visit Thursday to her classroom at Linganore High School by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl Dyson, other School System officials and Linganore High administrators. “Ms. Kolias is an outstanding educator who selflessly devotes considerable time and effort to ensuring student voices are heard,” Dr. Dyson said, in a statement. “She is the true champion of supporting every student, every day.”

The School System says Kolias has been teaching at Linganore High since 2016. She is also the Student Voices Faculty Leader, and an Adviser for No Place for Hate.   Kolias is also the Multi-Cultural Committee Co-chair. .

In a news release, Frederick County Public Schools says Kolias is the founder of the Linganore High STEP Team, and is the organization’s adviser.

The Tressler Award is sponsored by Hood College, and is awarded each year to a Frederick County educator who stands out from the rest. It’s named after Dr Charles Tressler who taught early childhood education at Hood from 1964 to 1990. He also served as the chairman of the Education Department for 18 years.

The School System says Kolias is currently enrolled in the Hood College Education Leadership Master’s Degree program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Arts and Communications from Youngstown State University. Kolias taught from 2006 to 2016 at high schools in Ohio.

By Kevin McManus