From Harford County Public Schools:
This year will mark the 20th 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. 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 application 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 their impact on students, other teachers and the community.
NEW this year, applications for the Teacher of the Year program will be accepted online ONLY.
STEP 1: Talk to the teacher you would like to nominate and let him/her know of your plans. Most of the application process is self-reflective and will need to be completed by your teacher.
STEP 2: Write an essay of no more than two, double-spaced pages on the topic: “My candidate should be recognized as the 2014-15 Harford County Teacher of the Year because…” and be sure to include your contact information (full name, address, phone number and email address).
STEP 3: Provide an electronic copy of your essay to your teacher, and tell him/her to visit www.hcps.org to access the link to complete the remainder of the packet. Please keep in mind that paper applications will not be accepted.
STEP 4: Remind your teacher the deadline is midnight on February 3, 2014. 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.
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE 2014-15 TEACHER OF THE YEAR APPLICATION*
*Only teachers (nominees) should use this link to access the application, and they will be required to log in to apply.