Release Date: 2/26/2016
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Finalists named for 2016-17 Baltimore County Teacher of the Year

Winner to be announced during April 20 ceremony

TOWSON, MD. – Six Baltimore County Public Schools educators have been named finalists for the school system’s annual Teacher of the Year award for 2016-2017.

“Every year, our Teacher of the Year program gives us an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding educators in our schools across the county and to bring positive attention to the power and promise of the teaching profession," said Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “This year’s finalists are dedicated, creative, and committed to their students, schools, communities, and profession. We are proud of them and so fortunate that they are on our team."

The finalists are:
• Corey Carter, of Bel Air, a science teacher at Old Court Middle School
• Christian Johnson, of Essex, a Grade 5 teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School
• Shannon Johnson, of Owings Mills, a S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) teacher at Arbutus Middle School
• Molly LaBricciosa, of Fells Point, an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) coordinator and English teacher at Pikesville High School
• Meaghan O’Reilly, of White Marsh, a visual arts teacher at Mays Chapel Elementary School
• Ryan Twentey, of Bel Air, a visual arts teacher at Parkville High School

From among the six finalists, one outstanding educator will be named Baltimore County’s Teacher of the Year during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016, at George Washington Carver Center for Art and Technology, 938 York Rd., Towson 21204.

The ceremony, which will feature student performances and remarks from 2015-2016 Baltimore County Teacher of the Year Orly Mondell, will honor all of the more than 150 nominees and their schools. Baltimore County Public Schools also will announce a Principal of the Year during the ceremony.

The Teacher of the Year finalists were selected by a panel of judges from across Baltimore County representing teachers, students, administrators, and the teacher’s union. The Teacher of the Year will go on to participate in the state Teacher of the Year program, including recognition from the State Board of Education.

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