Montero Receives PBL Award
November 02, 2005

Melanie Montero of Ocean City, assistant professor of office technology at Wor-Wic Community College, recently received the Phi Beta Lamda (PBL) outstanding local advisor award at the PBL National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

“I was so surprised when my name was called at the national awards ceremony,” said Montero. “I had no idea I was nominated, but I was so touched to receive the award."

Montero was nominated for the Maryland outstanding local advisor award by Louis T. Kaminski, Maryland Department of Education PBL advisor.

Kaminski said it was very easy to pick Melanie because she is truly outstanding and a joy to work with.

At the conference, Montero proctored the national PBL test for network design, and attended workshops on persuasive communication, retirement, investing and employee benefits.

Each year, Wor-Wic’s PBL members compete at the state level against PBL members from other Maryland colleges. The members who place at the state competitions can compete at the national level.

“In addition to the conference in Orlando, members of our PBL chapter have competed in national competitions in Nashville, Dallas and Denver,” said Montero. “It is very impressive when a Wor-Wic student places in a national PBL competition. As an advisor, I find it very rewarding.”

PBL is a national organization for business students at two- and four-year colleges and universities. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative programs.

The PBL chapter at Wor-Wic was organized by Montero when she joined the college in the fall of 2001. She came to Wor-Wic with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Salisbury University and 16 years of experience as a business technology teacher at Stephen Decatur High School.

Her whole family is in education. Dennis, her husband, is a guidance counselor at Stephen Decatur, and their daughter, Kate, teaches television production at a high school in Florida.