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Teacher of the Year

2020-2021 Teacher of the year

Christine Hurley from Springfield Middle School has been named Teacher of the Year!! As part of her prize package, Christine will enjoy the use of a car for a year from Hagerstown Ford and Hagerstown Honda/Kia. She will represent Washington County in the Maryland Teacher of the Year program.


The nomination period usually opens at the end of the calendar year. Nominations are accepted through early January.  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.

2020-2021 TEACHER OF THE YEAR Finalists

  • Michael Bair - Drama teacher - Boonsboro High
  • Kirsten Firmi - History teacher - Northern Middle
  • Christine Hurley - Library/Media specialist - Springfield Middle
  • Kirsten Leatherman - 5th-grade teacher - Eastern Elementary
  • Elizabeth McDonald - Biomedical Sciences teacher - Washington County Technical High

The annual dinner and recognition is held annually in April, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation at Fountain Head Country Club, Hagerstown. The 2020 recognition dinner was canceled as a precaution due to COVID-19.

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.