Professor Roger Stenersen (center) with Daryl Boffman, Vice Chair of the Board of Associates, and Dr. Edgar Schick, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Professor Roger Stenersen likes to introduce himself as a reformed high school principal. At Hood’s Graduate School awards ceremony in May, however, Dean Maria Green Cowles introduced him as the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty.
Once a high school English teacher who later became principal at four public high schools, Roger knows what it takes to prepare future school leaders. Last year, under Roger’s direction, over 97 percent of recent Educational Leadership candidates reported that they passed Maryland’s required School Leaders Licensure Assessment the first time they took it. In fact, students’ scores far exceeded both the state and national averages across all major indicators.
Roger was first person in the Education department to offer a completely online course. He thought teachers in the Washington and Berkeley County public school systems should be given the opportunity to grow their school leaders, so Hood now offers onsite certificate programs in these counties. And he was one of the leading collaborators in Hood’s proposed doctoral program in Organizational Leadership.
Roger is a leader in his own right — as board chair of the United Way of Frederick and, before that, campaign co-chair of a successful $1.6 million campaign for the United Way of Washington County. Roger also meets regularly with school leaders themselves to find out what they need today to be successful in the classroom, in the school system and in the larger community. As one of his students wrote in his nomination letter, Professor Stenersen’s “talent and love for the field of education” are evident to everyone in the classroom.