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3 Finalists Announced for MCPS Teacher of the Year

The teachers are from Westland Middle School, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and Brookhaven Elementary School.

Three finalists have been announced for the 2013-2014 Montgomery County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year award:

  • Steven Katz, math teacher at Westland Middle School
  • Dawn Charles, English teacher at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School 
  • Cristina Ulrich, kindergarten teacher at Brookhaven Elementary School

All three are recipients of the Veteran Teacher Award and are being honored with 2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund, according to a statement from MCPS.

The Greenblatt Education Fund also is honoring Adam Stephens, an instrumental music teacher at Montgomery Blair High School, as the 2013 Rising Star Teacher of the Year. This award honors a first- or second-year teacher whose creativity and enthusiasm encourages students to challenge themselves, according to the statement.

“Congratulations to these outstanding teachers on being recognized for their excellence by the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund,” MCPS Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said. “They represent the dedication and commitment of our staff, which is the foundation of our district’s continued success.”

These teachers, along with other MCPS employees and partners, will be honored as part of the annual Champions for Children Awards Celebration hosted by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education. The MCPS Teacher of the Year will be named during that event, which will take place on Thursday, April 25, at MedImmune’s headquarters in Gaithersburg.

The Marian Greenblatt Fund is named for a former board of education member and recognizes teachers who inspire their students to achieve, encourage younger teachers to be the best they can be, and help their schools and communities. Recipients of the Veteran Teacher Award must have five years or more of teaching experience in Montgomery County and receive a prize of $1,000. The recipient of the Rising Star Teaching Award receives $500, the statement continued.

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