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    Teacher of the Year

    Now Accepting Nominations for the 2020 Teacher of the Year!

    About the Award

    Teacher of the Year is the most prestigious award teachers can receive. 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. 

    Nominees must have excellent communications skills, be comfortable speaking in public, and 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.


    To be eligible, all nominees must at least be in their sixth year of teaching, have up-to-date Maryland teacher certification, and plan to remain a teacher in their nominating county for the following school year.

    Award Application Process

    All applicants must complete all three parts of the application and submit them by 5 p.m. on March 6, 2020 to be considered for the award:

    PGCTOTY Application Part 1: Nominee Information, School Information, Statement of Understanding

    PGCTOTY Application Part 2: Education, Work History, Awards/Recognitions, Community/Volunteer Service, Professional Biography, Photograph (high-res jpg headshot)

    PGCTOTY Application Part 3: Three Essay Questions

    Selection and Recognition

    The 2020 Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year will be selected by members of the Teacher of the Year Round Table. Finalists will be recognized and the winner announced during the PGCPS Employee Recognition Dinner on April 30, 2020 at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt. 

    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

    2020 Teacher of the Year Sponsorship Opportunities 

    The Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year receives a variety of gifts and awards through business and community sponsors and partners. To find out how you can support this year’s award, visit

    2019 Teacher of the Year Angelica Brooks


    Angelica Brooks, choral director at Bowie High School, currently serves as the 2019 Teacher of the Year. Brooks was honored during a black tie event on May 4 at The Hotel at the University of Maryland. Geraldine Joan Rosos, ESOL teacher at Cooper Lane Elementary School, was first runner-up. >>Read the press release