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An Urbana High School teacher was recently the recipient of a “Distinguished Teaching” award from Hood College.

Marlon Moran, a social studies teacher at Urbana High and Frederick County Virtual schools, received the 2013 Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teaching Award.

The award, which is sponsored by Hood College in Frederick, is presented each year to a Frederick County Public Schools’ teacher who has had a significant impact on young people.

Urbana High assistant principal Christine Stone, and a committee of staff members nominated Moran for the award, citing his high standards, humor, enthusiasm, leadership, professionalism and genuine concern for his students, according to a FCPS news release.

In addition to teaching social studies, Moran tutors students in music and Spanish, and is involved with the award-winning Mighty Hawks Marching Band, the Professor Urbana Contest, the school’s Interact Club, and talent show.

“The culture of learning that [Moran] has established in his classroom encourages students to be curious and think critically,” said Jay Berno, Urbana High School principal. “His content knowledge, enthusiasm, teaching style and love of learning is truly remarkable.”

Moran was initially hired by FCPS as a substitute teacher in 2001. He later accepted a full-time foreign language teaching position at Brunswick High in 2002, and joined the staff of Urbana High in 2005.

Hood College will formally present Moran with his award during its graduate school commencement on May 18.