Patricia King, a faculty member at South Carroll High School, is the recipient of the 2000 Distinguished High School Teacher Award from Western Maryland College.
The award was to be presented by Interim President Joan Develin Coley yesterday at the liberal arts college's commencement.
Several South Carroll graduates who are members of Western Maryland's senior class nominated King as a teacher who best fulfilled their ideal of an outstanding teacher and who best prepared them for success in college.
King, who joined South Carroll's faculty in 1967, teaches English and has served as the departmental chair and instructional leader since 1992. There, she combined her love of British literature and teaching to organize a County Renaissance Fair held from 1989 to 1995, earning high marks from students in grade school through high school who participated in the day-long event.
She is a frequent presenter for in-service educational workshops and team leader for drafting evaluative measurements for new Maryland performance tests. Before her appointment at South Carroll, King taught English at the former Sykesville High School.
As an educator, King stresses to her students the importance of "being a lifetime learner, doing one's best at whatever one attempts, and learning from one's mistakes," she says.
She graduated from the former Frostburg State College in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in English, social studies and education. She also earned a master's degree in education at then-Towson State College. A Frederick resident, King was named the Wal-Mart Local Teacher of the Year in 1999.