Patuxent High School social studies teacher Scott Goldstein is the 2016 winner of the Mike Michaelson Advisor of the Year Award. The award, given annually by the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC), recognizes the contributions of advisors to student council success across the state. Mr. Goldstein sponsors the Patuxent High Student Government Association (SGA), as well as the Calvert Association of Student Councils (CASC).
Supervisor of Social Studies Rebecca Bowen, who oversees the SGA programs in the district, said, “Due to Mr. Goldstein’s efforts and dedication to the program, CASC has become a well-respected entity in the state of Maryland. Many of our local student government leaders become leaders within MASC, primarily due to Mr. Goldstein’s support and guidance.”
Mr. Goldstein has sponsored student government groups for thirty-one years. Twelve of those years were at Frederick Douglass High in Prince George’s County, and nineteen have been at Patuxent. He began sponsoring CASC in 2001 and enjoys watching students learn to take an active role in their school and community. He sees great value in giving students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and subsequently train their peers. A highlight of his work is watching graduates use the skills they learned in SGA as they embark upon college and careers.
Alexya Brown (Calvert Beacon Intern) has been involved with the CASC Executive Board since 2011 through her role as the Student Member of the Board of Education. “Mr. Goldstein makes the difference for so many students, both in SGA and by extension in our school communities at large,” she said. “He is so supportive of CASC’s visions and goes the extra mile to see our success every single time. No one deserves this distinguished honor more than Mr. Goldstein.”
In addition to sponsoring the two student government organizations, Mr. Goldstein serves as an assistant coach for football and men’s basketball and is the Advanced Placement coordinator at Patuxent. He is a College Board exam reader and currently serves as a table leader for the AP summer scoring process. He was the 2015 Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award winner for Calvert County. He has twice been chosen as Teacher of the Year for PHS, has won the Dana Kirkman Student Mentorship Award and the Rutgers University Honors Program Award.
MASC strives to foster a statewide environment for all secondary school students to express and exchange opinions and ideas, develop leadership skills, and promote student representation and involvement in all groups and organizations impacting the lives of students.