by: Bree Lee
Mt. Hebron’s very own Mr. Michael Gorleski has been named the Career Technology Education Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Career and Technical Administrators chapter of the Association for Career and Technical Education. Mr. Gorleski has been teaching at Mt. Hebron for 17 years. He teaches pre-engineering and technology education.
His initial reaction to winning the award was, “My County Supervisor sent me an email asking to call her, which was unusual, and then when she broke the news to me that I had won the award, it blew me away. I hadn’t seen it coming at all!”
The purpose of the award is to “recognize the finest career and technical teachers at the middle/ secondary school level who have demonstrated innovation in the classroom, commitment to their students, and dedication to the improvement of CTE in their institutions and communities,” according to the Maryland ACTE. Senior Marc Minor, who had Mr. Gorleski for Project Lead the Way classes both his junior and senior year, believes that Mr. Gorleski shares all of these attributes.
“What makes Mr. Gorleski stand out as a teacher is his dedication to his students and how he treats every student the same no matter how bad or good they may be doing in his class.” Minor continues, “He always makes sure that every student that leaves his class is prepared for the next stages in their engineering career.”
Mr. Gorleski holds a dual Maryland certification in Technology Education and Computer Science and is National Board Certified in Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood/CTE. He is also a certified instructor for five Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering classes and has presented multiple times at the state and national levels. While he really enjoys going to the PLTW competitions, his favorite thing about teaching is definitely learning more about his students.
“The ingenuity and brilliance of my students never ceases to amaze me. I was an above-average student in high school myself, but I never accomplished a quarter of what so many of my amazing students have,” said Mr. Gorleski. “Even with such amazing academic records and personal stories, however, they never have over-inflated egos. This speaks to how great they are as people as well as students!”
His students love him too, according to senior Casey Gallman, who had him last semester for Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM).
“Not many people get the opportunity to have him as a teacher, so you’re lucky if you do. I remember when I first met him last year he said his seniors nicknamed him ‘Gor-Gor,’ and I know not many teachers are chill enough to let that slide.”
After receiving this regional award, he will compete in the Northeast United States ACTE Region I competition during the spring.
Mr. Gorleski states, “I would like to thank Dr. Miller, my ITL Sandy Harrington, and the great teachers I work with within the CTE department, not to mention the wonderful students that I teach for helping me achieve this award!”