Dr. Lois Jarman has been a world language educator for more than twenty years. She has taught French, Spanish, and Latin on a secondary and post-secondary level. She is currently the director of the Intensive English Language Program at Shepherd University. She retired from Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) in 2016 after 17 years of teaching. Lois has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Hood College and Frederick Community College. She received her bachelor’s degree from Goucher College, her master’s degree from Hood College and her doctoral degree in second language acquisition from Shenandoah University.
From 1997-2004, Lois served on the Family Life Advisory Committee for FCPS, and was the committee chairperson for the last four years of her service on the committee. Lois has participated in FCPS curriculum writing workshops and has led staff development trainings. Lois chaired the efforts in 1999 to form the wresting team at Brunswick High School. In addition, Lois held the positions of Parent-Teacher-Association president and secretary while her children were enrolled in Brunswick area schools. Lois was recognized by the governor for logging in more than a thousand volunteer service hours for FCPS.
Lois has directed and performed in many local musical theater productions and served for more than ten years on the Fredericktowne Players (FTP) board of directors. She was named FTP player of the year in 2003. She is currently a member of the Frederick Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and volunteers at the Auxiliary’s thrift shop, Select Seconds. A proponent of historical preservation, Lois was a member of the Board of Officers for the Frederick County Landmarks Association. Lois has served as both a Girl Scout and Boy Scout leader for many years.
Recently, Lois has become active in the Women’s Giving Circle and the Frederick Memorial Hospital Good Samaritans. In addition, Lois is currently serving as the president of the Frederick County Commission for Women, and she is also a member of the Smoketown Rotary Club.