- Wicomico County Public Schools
Celebrating Top Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week
During Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8, Wicomico County Public Schools and the Wicomico County Board of Education are completing the Wicomico Teacher of the Year celebration that would have been held March 26th, but was postponed due to the pandemic.
Finalists for Wicomico Teacher of the Year
On May 6th, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donna Hanlin surprised four teachers with the news that they are Teacher of the Year finalists during a Zoom interview with Lisa Bryant about distance learning. You can watch that interview on DelmarvaLife at 5 p.m. May 6th to see the surprise announcement.
Primary Finalist: Chelsey Mangum, Prekindergarten 3 Year Olds, Beaver Run Elementary
Intermediate Finalist: Kelly Hamilton, Thinking and Doing (TAD) Program, North Salisbury Elementary
Middle School Finalist: James McCrobie, 6th- to 8th-Grade Social Studies/STEM, Salisbury Middle
High School Finalist: Hemalatha Bhaskaran, Environmental Science, James M. Bennett High
The 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be named on WBOC's DelmarvaLife at about 5 p.m. Thursday.
Find out what our four finalists love about teaching in this video.
Wicomico Teacher of the Year Recognition Program
Now is your chance to Meet the Semifinalists for Wicomico Teacher of the Year.
Visit the classrooms of the semifinalists!
The 25 semifinalists are:
Beaver Run Elementary: Chelsey Mangum, Prekindergarten 3 Year Olds
Bennett Middle: Cindi Ashcraft, Special Education
Charles H. Chipman Elementary: Susan Biddle, Kindergarten
Choices Academy: Devin Smith, High School Math
Delmar Elementary: Katherine Diven, 4th Grade
East Salisbury Elementary: Breonna Hopkins, 3rd Grade
Fruitland Intermediate: Staci McGowan, Physical Education & Health
Fruitland Primary: Kellie Harvey, Music
Glen Avenue Elementary: Renee Peshoff, 2nd Grade
James M. Bennett High: Hemalatha Bhaskaran, Environmental Science
Mardela Middle and High: Kelly Wells, High School Math
North Salisbury Elementary: Kelly Hamilton, Thinking and Doing (TAD) Program
Northwestern Elementary: John Cox, 3rd Grade
Parkside High: Allison Zaczkiewicz, Health Education & Teacher Academy of Maryland
Pemberton Elementary: Heather McDonough, 4th Grade
Pinehurst Elementary: Heather Cherry, 4th Grade
Pittsville Elementary and Middle: Sherree West, 4th Grade
Prince Street Elementary: James “Matt” McMurdo, 5th Grade
Salisbury Middle: James McCrobie, 6th-8th Social Studies/STEM
West Salisbury Elementary: Freda Morris, Prekindergarten
Westside Intermediate: Chris Okerblom, Physical Education & Health
Westside Primary: Danielle Thompson, Kindergarten
Wicomico High: Stephanie McCoy, CTE Interactive Media
Wicomico Middle: Jason Hussey, Social Studies
Willards Elementary: Jeffrey Thamert, 2nd Grade
Photo Album: Semifinalists for Wicomico Teacher of the Year
2020 Rising Star Award
On May 4th, Bill and Teresa McCain of the McCain Foundation announced the finalists, final four and winner of the 2020 Rising Star Award for second-year teachers. Watch the announcement and meet some of these wonderful new teachers in this video announcement.
2020 Rising Star Award winner:
Heather Smith, Special Education, Wicomico High
Rising Star Final Four:
Sidney Briemann, Prince Street Elementary
Chelsea Brown, Pittsville Elementary and Middle
Emma Cohn, Wicomico High
Heather Smith, Wicomico High
Rising Star Finalists:
Beaver Run: Layla Fowler
Fruitland Intermediate: Tyler Owens
Glen Avenue: Selena Porcelli
JMB: Colleen Morris
Parkside: Alison Cornish
Pemberton: Megan Smiley
Pinehurst: Cynthia Delaney, Kelsey Johnson
Pittsville: Chelsea Brown
Prince Street: Courtney Feeney, Carolyn Smith, Natalie Myers, Sidney Briemann, Jennifer Moriarty
WiHi: Emma Cohn, Heather Smith
Finalists, and the 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year
The finalists for prinary, intermediate, middle school and high school will be announced on Wednesday. The 2020-2021 Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be named on Thursday on WBOC’s DelmarvaLife, at approximately 5 p.m.
Farewell message from the 2019-2020 Wicomico Teacher of the Year
Delmar Elementary's Shane Morton, the 2019-2020 Wicomico Teacher of the Year, looked forwatd to giving her farewell address to a packed room at the March 26th Teacher of the Year Banquet. That couldn't happen, but she delivered a wonderful parting message from her home, where she continues to teach through distance learning wbile also working with her own children. Ms. Morton is an inspiration in any setting!