"We take great pride in Brad Engel and our many other alumni who have chosen to touch the future through teaching.”
— President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
UMBC Alumnus Named Maryland Teacher of the Year
November 5, 2004 – Bradford Engel, American studies ’89, has been named the 2005 Maryland Teacher of the Year by the Maryland State Department of Education. Two other UMBC alumni, Sharon Grimes, English ’90, and Kevin Mulroe, M.A. Instructional Systems Design ’98, were also finalists for the award, which is Maryland’s highest honor for teachers.
Engel teaches social studies at Kent Island High School on the Eastern Shore. He is currently the social studies department chair and leadership development coordinator at the school. He also serves on the School Improvement Team and chairs the school’s accreditation steering committee.
Through the Mentor Advisory Program he created, Engel guides 100 students who are learning to be leaders and mentors among their peers. He is the author of The Four Challenges of Leadership, the textbook for this unique program.
Of his teaching philosophy, Engel says, “Kids need to get the message from teachers that they have something worthwhile to offer.” His own teaching style is modeled on that of his UMBC professors. “My professors were very kind and helpful. They gave me what I needed most – encouragement,” he says, specifically mentioning Ed Orser of the American studies department and William Gray of the Education department. Engel now counsels his own students as they consider colleges, and often recommends UMBC. “The teacher education program is outstanding,” he says.
Engel will now advance to the National Teacher of the Year competition, which takes place in April 2005.