National Teacher of the Year Finalist Sean McComb receives state commendation


Baltimore County's Sean McComb, the Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts teacher who has risen from BCPS Teacher of the Year to Maryland's Teacher of the Year to one of four National Teacher of the Year finalists, was honored this week by the Maryland State Board of Education for his ascent to national prominence.

The State Board on February 25 presented a special commendation to McComb, who was accompanied by BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance, Assistant Superintendent Maria Lowry, Patapsco Principal Craig Reed, and wife Sarah McComb, who is also a teacher at Patapsco. Board President Charlene Dukes wished McComb well in the national competition; President Obama is expected to name the National Teacher of the Year this spring.

The next step for McComb starts March 2, when he will travel to Washington for an extensive, three-day interview and presentation process to determine who will become the next National Teacher of the Year. If selected, he will spend the next year championing education and teachers to a worldwide audience, including more than 150 speeches, visits to an average of three U.S. cities per week, and engagements in China, Japan, and Singapore.


If recent history is any indication, McComb is in a strong position. Since 2006 – the year Sean began his teaching career at Patapsco – Maryland has celebrated two National Teachers of the Year and had another qualify as a finalist.

Team BCPS is cheering for you, too, Sean! Good Luck!

Spotlight and photos by Charles Herndon, communications specialist
©2018 Baltimore County Public Schools. All rights reserved. This site is optimized for 1280 display resolution and for use with the latest versions of most browsers.