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Educational Systems Federal Credit Union recently honored Benjamin Stoddert Middle School physical education teacher Brittany Aley with a professional development award. Two Class of 2020 graduates, Taylor Colbert and Camryn Fryer, also received scholarships from the credit union. Educational Systems FCU honors educators and students annually through its Support Education Foundation. Teachers and students apply for the awards and must meet certain eligibility criteria.

Aley received the $1,000 Maurice Erly Professional Development Award. Aley is in her third year of teaching at Stoddert. She plans to use the award to attend the next SHAPE Maryland conference. “I was certainly excited to get the award. I had hoped to use it to get to the state and/or national SHAPE conference but they will be virtual this fall. If they have a spring event in person, I will use the funds toward that,” Aley said.

Aley is the physical education department chair at Stoddert and adjunct faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). To support both her students and colleagues during virtual learning, Aley meets regularly with other physical education teachers to plan. She also shares lesson materials and instructional videos to connect students with physical activities from home.

The award was named in honor of Maurice Erly, who retired from the Prince George’s County Board of Education after 38 years of service.

Colbert received the $3,000 Dorothy Marvil Scholarship. She graduated from Thomas Stone High School in June and is taking classes at CSM. Colbert plans to transfer to Wingate University in spring 2021. She is majoring in education and minoring in psychology.

Fryer received the $3,000 Rosemary Brinkley Business and Finance Scholarship. She graduated in June from La Plata High School. She is taking classes at CSM and plans to enroll in the nursing program.

More information about the scholarships is posted online at https://supporteducation.org/.


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