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Nominate a Great Educator for 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year (Nov. 20-Dec. 13)

Celebrate a great teacher with a nomination for Wicomico Teacher of the Year! Nominations will be taken Nov. 20 through Dec. 13 for 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year. Anyone in the community may seek recognition for an educator quickly and easily using the online nomination form at https://tinyurl.com/TOYWCBOE2020. That page can also be accessed through the home page of Wicomico Schools (www.wcboe.org), under Quick Links.

“We are fortunate to have wonderful teachers in Wicomico Schools, including our 2019-2020 Wicomico Teacher of the year Shane Morton of Delmar Elementary, many past Wicomico Teachers of the Year, and three Maryland Teachers of the Year. We are truly dedicated to excellence in education for all Wicomico students,” said Dr. Donna C. Hanlin, Superintendent of Schools and herself a former Wicomico Teacher of the Year. (She was the 1987-1988 Middle School Teacher of the Year, before Wicomico began naming a single top teacher.) “As we focus on the key goal of recruiting and retaining a high-performing workforce for Wicomico Schools, the teachers highlighted through the Teacher of the Year recognition program serve as shining examples of our great educators.”

Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 13, and most nominations will be made online. Paper forms will be available for those who prefer to submit a nomination that way. Check with a school or the Wicomico Schools main office at 2424 Northgate Drive in Salisbury. For more information, please contact comments@wcboe.org or 410-677-4465.

The Wicomico Teacher of the Year Recognition Program annually receives nominations from parents, students, the community and colleagues to recognize outstanding teachers in each Wicomico school. All nominated teachers are congratulated and celebrated at the school level. To be eligible for recognition as a semifinalist in the Wicomico Teacher of the Year Recognition Program, a teacher must be currently tenured in Wicomico Schools with at least five full years as a full-time teacher in Maryland.

Wicomico Teachers of the Year model teaching excellence, and include past finalists and winners at the state level. Wicomico is proud to have on its staff three Maryland Teachers of the Year: Bonnie Walston (1994), then a resource teacher at Parkside High School and now the Director of Special Education; Aaron Deal (2004)l, then a computer education teacher at Salisbury Middle and now the Supervisor of New Teacher Induction and Educational Technology; and April Todd, who was named both Somerset and Maryland Teacher of the Year and is now a middle school Thinking and Doing (TAD) teacher for Wicomico Schools.

From among all 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. They will later be interviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges, and they will be scored on a writing prompt. On March 26 during the Teacher of the Year Banquet at The Fountains in Salisbury, semifinalists and many other nominees will be celebrated. The finalists at the primary, intermediate, middle and high school levels will be named, and the 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be announced.