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Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the year

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS), in cooperation with the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., 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 are invited to submit nominations.

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.

Nominations for the 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year closed on January 8, 2021.

2020-2021 Teacher of the year

Christine Hurley from Boonsboro Middle School is the 2020-2021 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 represented Washington County as one of seven finalists across the state in the Maryland Teacher of the Year program.

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 Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. The 2020 recognition dinner was canceled as a precaution due to COVID-19.