University of Maryland Eastern Shore Career Technology Education professor Dr. Tyler Love accepts the Silvius-Wolansky Award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association’s Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education. (Photo Credit – Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education)

Members of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Career and Technology Education (CTE) program were recently honored at the state and international level for their work in advancing technology and engineering literacy for all students.

The award recipients – comprised of CTE students, faculty, staff, and alumni from UMES’s program offered at the Baltimore Museum of Industry – were recognized by the Technology and Engineering Educators Association of Maryland (TEEAM) and by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) at their respective conferences. TEEAM and ITEEA are nonprofit professional organizations for educators.

“We are very humbled to receive these accolades as they demonstrate the quality of the students, faculty, and staff that are connected to the programs at BMI,” said Dr. Tyler Love, a professor in the Department of the Built Environment who also serves as the program director at BMI. “These awards are just one small way to highlight the challenging yet rewarding work they do on a daily basis that is critical for our local school systems and our state.”

Recipients of awards included Love, a 2009 graduate of UMES; Zachary Bartemy, Arielle Santercangelo, Melvin Gill, Marianne Hollerbach, and JoAnn Eliff.

Santercangelo, an alumnus of the TEE program now teaching in Florida; Gill, the TEE department chair at Chesapeake High School in Anne Arundel County, and Love each were recognized by the ITEEA during its 2024 conference.

Arielle Santercangelo accepts her award from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. (Photo Credit – International Technology and Engineering Educators Association)

Hollerbach, who recently retired from UMES after 10 years of service, and Eliff, currently in her 24th year with UMES’s programs at BMI, were recognized by TEEAM as Distinguished Service Award winners for their dedication to the field of TEE in the state.

In addition to the national and international accolades, Bartemy was named the 2024-25 Somerset County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Bartemy, who is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as an engineering teacher, established an engineering and robotics program in the school system and has collaborated on projects with UMES, Purdue University, and NASA.

Love attributed the program’s most recent successes to the groundwork set by his predecessor, Dr. Thomas Loveland.

“These awards speak to the quality of our programs, support provided to our students, and commitment to local school systems and the state to fulfill our mission as an HBCU and Maryland’s only 1890 land-grant university,” Love said.

Looking forward, Love wants to focus on future CTE program initiatives, including proposed certificate programs in work-based learning and career counseling, designed to meet the criteria required by the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law.

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