Longtime educator earns prestigious Bailer Award

October 20, 2009

Margaret C. Trader, chairwoman of McDaniel College’s Education Department, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Joseph R. Bailer Award. Trader joins 27 previous award recipients who have been recognized for significant contributions to the education field.

“With her in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning and her extensive experience as a teacher and administrator, Margaret has positively impacted the lives of many throughout the state of Maryland,” said BoAnn Bohman, adjunct lecturer in Education. “We are fortunate to have such a distinguished educator in a key leadership position at McDaniel College.”

Trader graduated from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, in the spring of 1970 with certification in Education and one year later received her Master’s of Education in the field of Guidance and Counseling.  She completed her Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Maryland with a field of study in Educational Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development.  Trader has maintained Maryland State Department of Education Advanced Professional Certificate in English 7-12, Guidance Counselor 7-12, Secondary Principal, Supervisor, and Superintendent.

Trader has made her imprint on the education field in arenas ranging from the local school system to the college level to statewide administration.

Her public school teaching career began at Westminster High School and continued at Smithsburg High School in Washington County, where she became chairwoman of the English Department. While at Smithburg, she taught as an adjunct lecturer at Hagerstown Community College until 1977.

She also served as Washington County’s supervisor of English, director of curriculum, executive director of instruction, and as assistant superintendent for instruction.

After years at the local school system level, Trader expanded her reach in the education field by serving as the assistant state superintendent for instruction at the Maryland State Department of Education.

She received a gubernatorial appointment to the Maryland Professional Standards Board, for which she is currently serving as the chairwoman.

Trader returned to McDaniel College in 1996 as an adjunct lecturer and then as a visiting associate professor and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) coordinator.

In 2007, Trader became chairwoman of the College’s Education Department.

“Through her skillful leadership, Margaret led the members of the McDaniel College Education Department and the Graduate and Professional Studies Program through two extremely successful NCATE accreditation processes,” said Sue Travetto, coordinator of Teacher Professional Development. “As a result of her success and expertise in the NCATE accreditation process, she has been asked to serve on six accreditation teams and consult with two colleges as they prepared for their NCATE accreditation process.”

(from left) Henry Reiff, Margaret Trader, Ann Bailer Fisher, Joan Develin Coley, Simeon Schlossberg

The Joseph R. Bailer Award was established by the family of Dr. Bailer, former chair of the College’s Department of Education and director of its Graduate Program from 1949 to 1971. Bailer was a primary contributor to the growth of the program. During Dr. Bailer’s long years of service, he influenced the lives of hundreds of graduate students and many have gone on to leadership roles in educational programs both in Maryland and beyond.

In this spirit of dedication and professionalism, the Bailer Award is given annually to a former graduate of the master’s program who has subsequently made a significant contribution to the field of education. The award rotates among many of the College’s graduate programs.