• Teacher of the Year


    About the Award

    Organized by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program recognizes the work being done by the state’s outstanding teachers. Drawing from a pool of nominees representing each county, one individual teacher is selected for the honor of representing Maryland in the National Teacher of the Year competition.


    Teacher of the Year is the most prestigious award teachers can receive! To be eligible, all nominees must at least be in their sixth year of teaching, and plan to remain a teacher in their nominating county for the 2018-2019 school year. Nominees must be willing and able to spend time away from the classroom serving as advocates for public education and acting as local and state advisors in education policy and program development.

    Application Form

    NEW for 2018 – streamlined form and online application! The three-part nomination form has been streamlined and can be completed online. Nominees must complete all three parts of the nomination form below and submit by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Only one nominee per school will be considered.


    To complete Part 2 of the application, a high-resolution, jpg format, professional-quality headshot photo must be emailed to tiffany.doster@pgcps.org.

    Orientation Day for Nominees

    The Teacher of the Year Round Table will host a mandatory orientation day for all nominees on Wednesday, March 21. All nominees are expected to attend.

    2018 Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony

    The 2018 Teacher of the Year will be announced during a black tie event on Monday, May 14, at the Greenbelt Marriott. 

    Awards and Gifts

    The 2018 Teacher of the Year will receive a number of awards, recognitions and gifts from our sponsors and partners. More information coming soon! 

    Contact Information

    Teacher of the Year Round Table – For questions about the application, selection process, orientation day or what it takes to be a Teacher of the Year, email toty.alumni@pgcps.org.

    Teacher of the Year Ceremony – For questions about the awards ceremony, call the Office of Partnerships and Development at 301-952-6380.


    2018 Teacher of the Year Promo Postcard