Announcing the Semifinalists for 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to the 25 Semifinalists Announced Today for 2018-2019 Wicomico Teacher of the Year
Posted on 02/05/2018

Twenty-five educators from Wicomico County Public Schools have been named semifinalists for 2018-2019 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 22.

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) and supporters from schools and the community, will be held at the Commons at Salisbury University beginning at 6 p.m. March 22. The banquet will also feature student musicians, an address by outgoing Wicomico Teacher of the Year Christen Tacka of Prince Street Elementary, 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 named.

Congratulations and good luck to the semifinalists for 2018-2019 Wicomico Teacher of the Year:


Beaver Run Elementary: Valerie Folsom, 2nd Grade

Bennett Middle: Mary Laurenzano, Math

Charles H. Chipman Elementary: Danielle Thompson, Kindergarten

Choices Academy: Kesha Cook, Middle School Math

Delmar Elementary: Amy Hudson, 3rd Grade

East Salisbury Elementary: Jessica Lowe, 5th Grade English Language Arts

Fruitland Intermediate: Kathryn Wight, 5th Grade

Fruitland Primary: Barbara Karsnitz, 2nd Grade

Glen Avenue Elementary: Kristen DiGiammo, 5th Grade Math

James M. Bennett High: Dana Hetzler, English Language Learners

Mardela Middle and High: Dion Johnson, Business Education

North Salisbury Elementary: Mary Kinnamon, 3rd Grade Magnet

Northwestern Elementary: Joann Evans, 5th Grade

Parkside High: Lisa Nicholson McKinnon, Math

Pemberton Elementary: Melissa Koerner, Prekindergarten  

Pinehurst Elementary: Ashley Mallory, 3rd Grade

Pittsville Elementary and Middle: Jamie Jones, 4th Grade English Language Arts

Prince Street Elementary: John “Chris” McLaughlin, Reading Intervention

Salisbury Middle: Jennifer Mudd, Physical Education

Westside Intermediate: Alicia Campbell, 5th Grade

Westside Primary: Marianne Noelte, Physical Education

Wicomico Early Learning Center: Freda Morris, Prekindergarten

Wicomico High: Erin Crissman, Spanish

Wicomico Middle: Laura Allen, Math

Willards Elementary: Nicole Rittling, Physical Education