February 27, 2012
Street Law, Inc. is proud to announce the recipient of its 2012 Educator of the Year Award: Susan Strickland, a social studies teacher at Friendly High School in Fort Washington, MD. This award is given annually to an individual who educates students in an exceptional manner and uses Street Law materials. The award will be presented at Street Law’s Annual Awards Dinner on April 25, 2012, in Washington, DC.
Inside her classroom at Friendly High School, Susan is making a difference in the lives of her students by preparing them to be informed, empowered citizens. Susan has 25 years of teaching experience and currently teaches American history, Practical Law, and AP Government to high school students while serving as department chair.
Susan’s teaching embodies Street Law’s trademark qualities: practical, interactive, and engaging. From organizing a drunk driving simulation where students wear “drunk goggles” while driving a lawn mower to field trips at the U.S. Supreme Court to meet with General Suter, Clerk of the Court, Susan goes to great lengths to bring the law to life for her students.
Susan uses the Street Law textbook as well as Street Law lesson plans, videos, and websites. She piloted Street Law’s intellectual property law lessons and participates in the Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline program with Allstate. Susan has even published her own curriculum, including materials for teaching study skills and women’s studies.
Having served as Friendly High School's Mock Trial coach, Susan has moved on to accept responsibility for coordinating the entire Circuit 7 mock trial program, which includes four counties in Maryland and 33 teams. As coordinator her duties include resolving any issues that arise, scheduling matches, and arranging logistical support for the teams.
Susan's skill and enthusiasm for teaching young people about the law commands much respect from her colleagues, peers, and students. Above all, Susan is committed to her students. One of her colleagues describes her as a “master in mentoring, developing, engaging, encouraging, and expanding the minds of her students.”
2012 Street Law Awards Presentations
(Reproduced with permission)