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Teacher of the Year

nominations open for 2019-2020 Teacher of the year

The nomination period is closed for 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year in Washington County Public Schools. When nominations are taken, a Teacher of the Year candidate must be a full-time teacher who spends the majority of his or her time teaching students, have a minimum of five years experience and remain in a teaching position during the school year following his or her nomination. 

2018-2019 Teacher of the year

Jeanine Horst from Cascade Elementary School is our reigningTeacher of the Year! As part of her prize package, Jeanine has been enjoying the use of a car for one year courtesy of Hagerstown Ford and Hagerstown Honda/Hagerstown Kia, free food for a year at Chick-Fil-A and represented the county in the State of Maryland's Teacher of the Year program, where she was named a finalist. The local Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet is held annually at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, MD.

2018-2019 TEACHER OF THE YEAR Finalists

  • Rachel Dayley - Spanish teacher - Williamsport High
  • Lisa Fichthorn-Scumpieru - English teacher - North Hagerstown High
  • Jeanine Horst - 5th-grade teacher - Cascade Elementary
  • Sarah Staley - 3rd-grade teacher - Clear Spring Elementary
  • Angela Stouffer - Advanced anatomy teacher - Smithsburg High

The annual dinner and recognition was held on April 25, 2018, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation at Fountain Head Country Club, Hagerstown.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with Washington County Public Schools, is proud to recognize men and women who serve in a teaching capacity and who help ensure educational excellence in Washington County. Anyone who has observed or benefited from an educator's skill and excellence is encouraged to nominate that individual. Students, parents, community organizations, businesses, colleagues and administrators should submit nominations.


The Teacher of the Year awards program is a partnership between the Washington County Public Schools and the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Questions concerning the program and nomination process should be directed to Donna Long.