Local Assistant Principal Gets National Honor

Patrick Bathras, assistant principal at Brooklyn Park Middle School, has been named the first-ever Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). He will be honored before the 12,000 attendees of the ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in San Francisco, Calif. on March 8, 2003.

The award is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of a young educator who achieves excellence and equity in teaching and learning. Bathras was selected from among over 200 nominees.

As an elementary school teacher, Bathras was inspired, while touring Camden Yards, to create a mathematical walking tour for his students that incorporated academics and the history and architecture of the stadium and train station. The tour is still in use by schools in Anne Arundel County.

“I'm always trying to create engaging learning opportunities to inspire students to learn and have pride in themselves, their school, and their community," said Bathras.

Through the Teaching Enhancement Partnership Project with UMBC, Bathras brought undergraduate and graduate students to Brooklyn Park Middle to inspire students to work in science and prepare them for the annual science and engineering fair sponsored by the college. In the first year his school was represented in the competition, students placed first, second, and third in the county.

As the ASCD Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, Bathras will be profiled in Educational Leadership magazine and will receive a check for $10,000.

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This story was published on March 5, 2003.