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Finalists announced for 2014-15 Md. Teacher of the Year

The Maryland State Department of Education announced the Teachers of the Year from each of the 24 public school systems in the state. The state will announce the 2015 Maryland Teacher of the Year on Oct. 10.

Dana Reinhardt

3rd Grade, George’s Creek Elementary School, Allegany County

Christina Houstian

Social Studies, Grades 9-12, Broadneck High School, Anne Arundel County

Elizabeth Barletta

Math/Science, 5th Grade, Barclay Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore City

Anne Cross

5th Grade, Gunpowder Elementary School, Baltimore County

Laura Collins

Science/Grades 6-8, Plum Point Middle School, Calvert County

Chad Shelly

Biology/Grades 9-12, Colonel Richardson High School, Caroline County

Nicole Heinlein

STEM/ELA, 3rd Grade, Carrolltowne Elementary School, Carroll County

Kelly O’Hara

Social Studies, Grades 9-12, Elkton High School, Cecil County

Kimberly King

Math, 6th Grade, Milton Somers Middle School, Charles County

Thomas Mills

Chemistry, Grades 10-12, Cambridge-South Dorchester High School, Dorchester County

Erin Doolittle

Pre-Kindergarten, Hillcrest Elementary School, Frederick County

Ryan Wolf

Math, Grades 9-12, Southern Garrett High School, Garrett County

Lawrence Jehnert

3rd Grade Teacher, Edgewood Elementary School, Harford County

Jody Zepp

AP Government & AP Psychology, Hammond High School, Howard County

Florence Terrill

3rd Grade, Henry Highland Garnett Elementary School, Kent County

Jane Lindsay

English, Grade 8, John Poole Middle School, Montgomery County

Laura Shelton

Science, 8th Grade, Benjamin D. Foulois Creative & Performing Arts Academy, Prince George’s County

April Pinder

Physical Education, Grades K-4, Church Hill Elementary School, Queen Anne’s County

Kathleen Reineke

Instructional Resource Teacher, Pre-K-5th Grades, Oakville Elementary School, St. Mary’s County

Anna Breland

World Languages, Grades 8-12, Crisfield Academy & High School, Somerset County

Bridget Whited

Art, Grades 9-12, St. Michaels High School, Talbot County

Courtney Leard

2nd Grade, Fountaindale School for the Arts, and Academic Excellence, Washington County

Lauren Monroe

Pre-K, Wicomico Early Learning Center, Wicomico County

Brenna Johnson

Music & Drama, Grades 7-8, Stephen Decatur Middle School, Worcester County
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  1. Jody Zepp was named Maryland’s Teacher of the Year yesterday and will go on to compete against teachers of the year from all other states for the national title, the Baltimore Sun reports. If she wins at the national level, that would make two in a row, since last year’s Maryland Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb, was named National Teacher of the Year.

    She’s 54 years old and lives in Owings Mills, which is kind of close to Howard County. Interesting factoid: She once managed the box office for the Los Angeles Philharmonic but returned to Maryland at age 38 to pursue her dream job.

    “It was a vocation and a calling,” the Sun quoted the McDaniel College graduate, who also holds a master’s degree in political science from Syracuse University, as saying. “I sort of ran away toward home.”

    Awesome! Congratulations, Ms Zepp.

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