Teacher of the Year Program

 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year Selection is Underway

Twenty-six educators from Wicomico County Public Schools will soon be named semifinalists for 2017-2018 Wicomico Teacher of the Year. These semifinalists will now go through an extensive judging process that will end in the new Wicomico Teacher of the Year being named Thursday, March 29.

The annual Wicomico Teacher of the Year Banquet, with more than 200 guests including dozens of outstanding teachers (semifinalists, nominees, and former Teachers of the Year), will be held at the Commons at Salisbury University beginning at 6 p.m. March 29. The banquet will also feature student musicians, an address by outgoing Wicomico Teacher of the Year Christen Tacka of Prince Street Elementary School, and the honoring of a new Friend of Education. Four finalists – one for each school level – will be announced, and from among those four finalists the new Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be announced.

The Wicomico County Teacher of the Year Program annually solicits nominations from parents, students, the community and fellow educators to recognize Wicomico teachers with exceptional qualities and characteristics that make them shining examples of teaching in Wicomico County. Nominations were accepted in November and December.

Nominations can come from a student who treasures a special teacher, a parent who sees the benefits of all that a teacher does, someone who recalls an outstanding experience in the classroom of a teacher who is still teaching, or a coworker who sees the value of a fellow teacher’s work every day. Wicomico Teachers of the Year model teaching excellence.

Past honorees include many other county winners, state finalists and state winners. Wicomico is proud to have on its staff three past Maryland Teachers of the Year: Bonnie Walston, then a resource teacher at Parkside High School and now the director of special education (1994); Aaron Deal, then a computer education teacher at Salisbury Middle School (2004) and now the Central Office Technology Trainer; and April Todd, then the Somerset Teacher of the Year and now a middle school Thinking and Doing (TAD) teacher.

From among all of the eligible nominees for each school, a semifinalist was selected to represent the school. Semifinalists for Wicomico Teacher of the Year will be challenged in a public-speaking exercise called a “fishbowl,” and they will be interviewed by a blue ribbon panel of judges. 

For more information, please contact comments@wcboe.org or 10-677-5251.