Brendan Gallagher, a Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences teacher at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, has been named the STEM Educator of the Year by the Maryland Tech Council. This award is open to all educators who are furthering excellence in the classroom and who are exciting K-12 students about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Criteria for the award include demonstrating enthusiasm for teaching and promoting student learning of STEM subjects, taking the curriculum to another level, and inspiring independent learning and the development of critical thinking skills. Nominees also were judged on emphasizing student engagement in the classroom, command of the subject matter, and imaginative presentation of the subject matter, with innovation in the design and delivery of content materials.
Gallagher has served as a PLTW Master Teacher for 10 years and has built his program into a leader in STEM education by being one of 16 PLTW model schools in the nation. Additionally, he was one of 18 teachers in the United States selected to take part in the National History Day Teacher Institute where he traveled to Europe to research and develop classroom lessons chronicling the medical advancements made during World War II.
He was the 2016 Carroll County Teacher of the Year and is currently serving on the MSDE Graduation Task Force. Prior to his teaching career, Gallagher researched mustard agent at Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Institute of Chemical Defense and was the Director of Microbiology Research for a pharmaceutical company.
Gallagher received the award at the Maryland Tech Council’s Industry Awards Celebration on May 17, 2018, at the Hotel at the University of Maryland.