FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2019
Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
ACTE Announces Maryland Agriscience Educator as National Award Finalist
ALEXANDRIA, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Aaron Geiman, Agriscience Educator and Teacher at Carroll County Public Schools in the Westminster, MD, as the 2019 ACTE Region I Teacher of the Year. This award recognizes the finest career and technical education (CTE) teachers at the middle/secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities.
Geiman has taught agricultural education since January 1998, beginning his career at his alma mater, North Carroll High. Later, after school consolidation in 2016, he taught at Westminster High in the same district. He has served as FFA Advisor at both schools, taking numerous individuals and teams to state, regional, and national competitions for career and leadership development events. Additionally, in the past two years, two Westminster High FFA Members have been named FFA State Stars, one earning gold status in FFA Proficiency Awards Program. An agricultural education leader, Geiman has attended numerous ACTE/NAAE national conventions, and he has served as an executive board member/officer for the Maryland Agriculture Teachers’ Association, as a committee member and chairperson for NAAE Public Policy and Marketing committees, and as a regional award winner for NAAE awards. Geiman also serves as a Master Teacher for the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education. In 2011, Geiman was named the Carroll County Teacher of the Year, and a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year.
Geiman’s educational philosophy, which is demonstrated through his students’ success and his own, is rooted in experiential learning; he believes students learn by engaging in actions that construct meaning. According to Geiman, when you place students in a well-designed experience, learning will inevitably occur.
Geiman is one of 5 finalists for the 2020 national title. The national winner will be announced at the ACTE Awards Gala, a dinner and award presentation recognizing the best CTE educators in the country. The event will take place on Wednesday evening, December 4, during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2019 in Anaheim, CA. The Awards Gala is sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, Goodheart-Willcox, CareerSafe, and Stratasys. For more information about the ACTE Excellence Awards, visit our webpage.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.