Nominations Now Being Taken for Next Wicomico Teacher of the Year
Celebrate American Education Week (Nov. 14-18) by Nominating a Great Educator for 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year
Posted on 11/14/2016
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American Education Week is underway in Wicomico Schools, and so is the nomination period for 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year. Nominations opened on Monday, Nov. 14, just in time for visits this week to Wicomico classrooms by thousands of parents, grandparents, and others who will see great teachers in action.

Now is the time to nominate that deserving teacher for some special recognition. Nominations for 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be taken from Nov. 14 through Dec. 12.  Anyone in the community is invited to seek recognition for a current teacher in Wicomico County Public Schools who has taught full-time for at least five full years.

Nomination forms are conveniently available to fill out and submit online. The form is easily accessible on mobile devices, too. Go to www.wcboe.org and look for the Teacher of the Year button on the home page, or follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/wcboetoy2017. Schools will make paper nomination forms available during and after American Education Week, and the paper forms will also be available to pick up at the Wicomico County Public Schools main office or download from the Teacher of the Year page on the website.

The Wicomico County Teacher of the Year Program annually solicits nominations from parents, students, the community and fellow educators to recognize Wicomico teachers with exceptional qualities and characteristics that make them shining examples of teaching in Wicomico County. Nominations can come from a student who treasures a special teacher, a parent who sees the benefits of all that a teacher does, someone who recalls an outstanding experience in the classroom of a teacher who is still teaching, or a coworker who sees the value of a fellow teacher’s work every day.


Wicomico Teachers of the Year model teaching excellence. The 2016-2017 Wicomico Teacher of the Year is Bennett Middle School’s Christy Briggs, a, English Language Arts teacher. Mrs. Briggs was one of seven finalists this year for Maryland Teacher of the Year. Past Wicomico Teacher of the Year honorees include many other state finalists and state winners. Wicomico is proud to have on its staff three Maryland Teachers of the Year: Bonnie Walston, then a resource teacher at Parkside High School and now the director of special education (1994); Aaron Deal, then a computer education teacher at Salisbury Middle School (2004) and now a pupil personnel worker; and April Todd, then the Somerset Teacher of the Year and now a middle school Thinking and Doing (TAD) teacher.

From among all of the eligible nominees for each school, a semifinalist will be selected to represent the school. Semifinalists for Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be challenged in a public speaking exercise called the “fishbowl,” and they will later be interviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges. On March 23, during the Teacher of the Year Banquet at Salisbury University’s Commons, semifinalists and many other nominees will be celebrated. That night the finalists at the primary, intermediate, middle and high school levels will be named, and the 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be announced. The new Wicomico Teacher of the Year will represent Wicomico in the Maryland Teacher of the Year recognition program.

For more information, please contact Laura Bounds, 410-677-4398 or lbounds@wcboe.org.