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Teacher of the Year

The 2017 Teacher of the Year application is now available! This year will mark the 23rd anniversary of the Harford County Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year banquet program. Harford County’s Teacher of the Year holds a prominent position as the county’s education spokesperson and is the county’s candidate for Maryland Teacher of the Year. Nominations may be self-submitted or submitted by administrators, colleagues, students, parents or others.

Please take the time to nominate that special teacher in your life who is truly a shining star with HCPS and worthy of this honor. This award is not only an amazing experience for the winning teacher, but for his/her students and the entire school community. In such a challenging time in education and the teaching profession, give this gift to a teacher. Just a few of the benefits of Teacher of the Year include:

  • Invaluable professional development;
  • Positive public relations for the school;
  • Monetary awards and gifts for the teacher/school;
  • Invitations to special events and engagements throughout the year;
  • An expanded network of colleagues throughout the state of Maryland;
  • The opportunity to be named Maryland Teacher of the Year;
  • And so much more!

Each candidate must have completed a minimum of five years teaching experience and be tenured with HCPS at the time of application. The key factor in the judging process is the description of outstanding qualities that make an individual a “model” educator and member of the community. When completing the application, applicants should be sure to include specific examples of their positive impact on students, other teachers and the community.

It is EASY to nominate a teacher. Follow these simple steps:

Check Ask the teacher if he/she will accept your nomination for 2017 Teacher of the Year.
Check Write an essay of no more than two, double-spaced pages on the topic: “My candidate should be recognized as the 2017 Harford County Teacher of the Year because...” and be sure to include your contact information (full name, address, phone number and email address).
Check Provide an electronic copy of your essay to your teacher, and tell him/her to visit hcps.org to access the link to complete the remainder of the application.
Check Remind your teacher the deadline is midnight on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
Check If you or your teacher have any questions about the nomination process, completing the online packet, or the Teacher of the Year program, please contact Lindsay Bilodeau in the Communications Office at Lindsay.Bilodeau@hcps.org or 410-588-5213.
Applications for the Teacher of the Year program will be accepted online ONLY and are due by midnight on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE 2017 TEACHER OF THE YEAR APPLICATION

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Teacher of the Year Archive
2016 Teacher of the Year
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Sharalyn Heinly Sharalyn Heinly

North Harford Middle School Mathematics Teacher, Grade 7

Laura Potter Laura Potter

C. Milton Wright High School Mathematics Teacher

2014 Teacher of the Year
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Lawrence M. Jehnert Lawrence M. Jehnert

Edgewood Elementary School Third Grade Teacher

2013 Teacher of the Year
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Kristin M. Schaub Kristin M. Schaub

Havre de Grace Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher

2012 Teacher of the Year
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Christina D. O'Neill Christina D. O'Neill

Bel Air Middle School 6th Grade Language Arts

2011 Teacher of the Year
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Christian S. Slattery, Sr. Christian S. Slattery, Sr. +

Hall's Cross Roads Elementary Vocal Music Teacher

2010 Teacher of the Year
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Lisa C. Mullen Lisa C. Mullen+

North Harford Middle School Language Arts Teacher

2009 Teacher of the Year
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Kimberly Schmidt Kimberly A. Schmidt+

Havre de Grace High School Social Studies Teacher

2008 Teacher of the Year
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Ronald Wooden Ronald C. Wooden

George D. Lisby Elementary School at Hillsdale Fifth Grade Teacher

2007 Teacher of the Year
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Christine Roland Christine C. Roland+

Edgewood High School Biology/Forensics Science

2006 Teacher of the Year
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Susan Healy Susan J. Healy

North Bend Elementary School Fourth Grade Teacher

 
2005 Teacher of the Year
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  Lorna "Lori" Frendak

North Harford Middle School Sixth-Eighth Grade Classroom Support Program Special Educator

 
2004 Teacher of the Year
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Joan M. Hayden Joan M. Hayden

Bel Air High School Family & Consumer Science Teacher

 
2003 Teacher of the Year
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  Donna M. Clem Donna M. Clem

Aberdeen High School Biology/Physics Teacher

 
2002 Teacher of the Year
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Howard E. Eakes Howard E. Eakes

Fountain Green Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher

 
2001 Teacher of the Year
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Alberta C. Porter Alberta C. Porter+

Riverside Elementary School Third Grade Teacher

 
2000 Teacher of the Year
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Donna M. Zavacky Donna M. Zavacky+

Ring Factory Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher

 
1999 Teacher of the Year
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Craig S. Harvey Craig S. Harvey+

Fallston High School Music Teacher

 
1998 Teacher of the Year
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Kurt W. Bittle Kurt W. Bittle+

Bel Air High School Visual Arts Teacher

 
1997 Teacher of the Year
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  James L. Mason+

North Harford High School

 
1996 Teacher of the Year
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  Cathy G. Cerveny*

Ring Factory Elementary School Fifth Grade Teacher

 
1995 Teacher of the Year
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J. Patrick Whitehurst J. Patrick Whitehurst+

Bel Air High School Social Studies Teacher

 
1994 Teacher of the Year
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Marybeth Ford Marybeth Ford

Bel Air High School Language Arts Teacher

 
1993 Teacher of the Year
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  Victor Petrosino

C. Milton Wright High School

 
1992 Teacher of the Year
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  Martha "Marty" Banghart

North Harford High School Music Teacher

 
1991-92 Teacher of the Year
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  Gemma Hoskins*

Magnolia Middle School Fifth Grade Teacher

 
1990 Teacher of the Year
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  Donald R. Osman+

Havre de Grace High School English Teacher

 
1989 Teacher of the Year
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  Anthony F. Sarcone+

Fallston High School Social Studies Teacher

 
1988 Teacher of the Year
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  Robert Handy

Bel Air High School Social Studies Teacher

 
1987 Teacher of the Year
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  Paul S. Schatz*

Edgewood Elementary School

 
1977 Teacher of the Year
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Laurie K. Neeper Laurie K. Neeper*

John Archer School Music Teacher

 

* Maryland Teacher of the Year    + Maryland Teacher of the Year Finalist

Please address any questions or comments to Lindsay.Bilodeau@hcps.org.