CCPS teachers Receive National Association of Ag Educators Awards
Westminster, MD
07/20/2017 09:10 AM

The National Association of Agriculture Educators upholds an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of its many talented and dedicated members. They have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The following are the Maryland winners and nominees for the National level awards.


Outstanding Service Citation – Joe Linthicum

Joe Linthicum, who retired as an agriscience teacher at Francis Scott Key High School in July, 2017, has served the community well as a teacher and was the county’s most senior agriscience teacher. He also has provided outstanding service to agriculture education and the agriculture community. He has served as MATA president and on many other boards related to agriculture. He has been the backbone of the ag mechanics contest and tractor driving at the regional level, as well as many other FFA activities. 


MATA Professional Awards

The MATA Professional Awards are designed to recognize agriscience teachers for outstanding accomplishments within their area of expertise. Teachers can be nominated by their peers, supervisors or administrators. The following will receive the 2017 MATA awards.


Spread the Word Award

Joe Linthicum, Francis Scott Key High School

Aaron Geiman, Westminster High School

Diane Safar, Winters Mill High School

Joe Linthicum, Aaron Geiman, and Diane Safar all participated in an FFA Proclamation in Carroll County during FFA Week, followed by a newspaper article, school system announcement, and a video of the County Commissioners meeting at which the proclamation was presented. All three programs also sent members to advocate for agriculture in Annapolis during FFA Week, which again was followed by a school system announcement and a newspaper article. All three programs promote agriculture and FFA activities through community displays and newspaper and school system announcements on a regular basis.





FFA Leadership Award

Diane Safar, Winters Mill High School


The Winters Mill FFA consists of 23 members at the local level for the year 2017. All members participate in local activities. Approximately 50% of the members participate in reginal and state level career development and leadership events, as well as other activities.

Winters Mill FFA holds many community events. The most popular is the Food for America program in which 100% of the members participate. The Chapter also displays a promotional table at community events and other CCPS promotions. The Chapter attended the Local FFA Week proclamation and Annapolis legislation trip. The chapter has submitted a POA and Budget on time every year since their charter, 14 years ago. Mrs. Safar spends countless hours beyond the classroom training teams and attending FFA events and assists with SAE projects. Approximately 90% of the Chapter members hold SAE projects.

Other Recognition

  • Joe Linthicum was recognized for his retirement.

  • Terry Adkins, agriscience teacher at South Carroll High School, was recognized for 30 years of service.

  • Clare Linfield, Career Connections Coordinator at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, was recognized for 35 years of service.



Pictured (left to right): Ted McNett, Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technology Education; Eric King, Principal, Winters Mill High School; Aaron Geiman, Agriscience Teacher, Westminster High School; Diane Safar, Agriscience Teacher, Winters Mill High School; Clare Linfield, Career Connections Coordinator, Carroll County Career and Technology Center; Joe Linthicum, Agriscience Teacher, Francis Scott Key High School; Bridget Nicholson, Agriscience Teacher, Manchester Valley High School; and Angie McCauslin, Supervisor of Career and Technology Education.

Ted McNett
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