Two Teachers, A School Principal In Frederick County Public Schools Honored

They learned of their awards on Monday.







Frederick, Md (KM) Two Frederick County teachers and a school principal have been honored.

The School System says Middletown High School visual arts teacher Donna Lehman will be receiving the Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award. She was nominated by Middletown High Principal Bernard Quesade. “Donna’s work ethic and her uncompromising moral and high standards are both rare and refreshing,:” Quesada says, in a statement. “My admiration and respect for her personally and professionally is unequaled.

Lehman has been teaching at Middletown High School since 1998, and serves as the visual arts department chair and adviser to the photography club. She’s also adviser to the National Honor Society Chapter which she started in 1993.

The Tressler Awards are sponsored by Hood College.

Also honored is Philip Arnold who teaches at the Career and Technology Center. He’s been selected as the 2021 Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award. “A teacher with the ability to inspire students is the type of teacher who will be long remember by his or her students,” says Career and Technology Center Principal Michael Conception, in a statement.. “Mr. Arnold is a superb example of a teacher who motivates his students to maximize their potential to do great things. His approach to teaching and learning is inspirational”…..

Mr. Arnold teaches Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs at the Career and Technology Center. He began his teaching career at CTC in 2010.

Urbana Elementary School Principal Tracy Hilliard has been named a finalist for The Washington Post’s Principal of the year.. “She has a strong focus in facilitating smooth school functioning, student academic achievement, student social emotional development and staff growth development, and leadership,” says Urbana Elementary School Counselor April Miller, in a statement. “As a school counselor, I value Tracy’s support of the whole child where she sets goals for academic achievement and social emotional development for students.”

Hillard began her career with FCPS in 1990 as a first-grade teacher. She was appointed assistant principal in 2008.. Prior to coming to coming Urbana Elementary School, she served at Centerville Elementary. She led Urbana Elementary School as it transitioned into its new building.

The School System’s “SurPRIZE” patrol led by Superintendent Doctor Theresa Alban visited all three of these schools on Monday to inform these three of their awards and give them congratulations.


By Kevin McManus