Smithsburg educator wins award

April 11, 1998


Staff Writer

A Washington County teacher has been recognized as one of 100 outstanding educators in the United States.

Paul Engle, assistant principal at Smithsburg Middle School, was honored for his work to develop Project P.A.S.S. at the school.

P.A.S.S. involves rewarding students for improving their grades. More than 500 students at the school have been taken to skating parties, movies and other activities after showing improvements in grades, school officials said.

For his work on the program, Engle has been recognized as one of the nation's 100 outstanding teachers in the Education's Unsung Heroes Awards program.


The program is sponsored by ReliaStar and Northern Life, one of the nation's leading providers of retirement plans for teachers.

Education's Unsung Heroes Awards recognize educators nationwide for their innovative teaching methods and ability to positively influence children.

"Paul Engle exemplifies the innovative spirit that is making a difference in classrooms across the country," said Michael Dubes, Northern Life president and CEO.

In recognition, Engle will receive $2,000 to be used to further Project P.A.S.S. at Smithsburg Middle. Engle now will compete for the program's top awards of $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 that will be awarded later this spring.

The program, in its third year, has awarded $640,000 to 260 educators in the nation.

An Internet site has been developed by Northern Life where teachers may share information related to innovation and education. The address is (

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