Leon F. Busche, social studies resource teacher at Quince Orchard High School has received a 2001 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award from the Washington Post.
Nominated by the Quince Orchard High School Parents, Teachers and Students Association, Busche is among 20 winners of the prestigious Agnes Meyer award, presented annually to one teacher from each Washington metropolitan area school district. Busche has spent his entire career as a social studies teacher, beginning in 1967.
Over the years he has taught close to 5,000 students national, state and local government, U.S. history and, most recently, Advanced Placement government and politics. His department offers more Advanced Placement social studies courses than any other high school in Montgomery County. In addition, Busche led the effort to identify a larger number of traditionally non-identified AP candidates, especially more minority students. For the 1999-2000 school year, 224 students taught by Busche and teachers he has worked with scored a 3, 4 or 5 on AP testsan 85 percent pass rate recognized as an exceptional result.
Busch's selection last year as a staff development teacher and signature program coordinator at Quince Orchard reflect his leadership role and proven record of developing new instructional strategies and programs. As a staff development teacher, Busche directs new teachers, coordinates teacher preparation of individual performance goals and prepares related staff development activities.
In addition to his work with teachers, Busche has served as a coordinator of the Fine Arts and Advanced Placement Signature Plan at his school. He has helped lead the school's effort to enroll every college-bound student in at least one Honors or AP class, resulting in a 10 percent enrollment increase in advanced programs.