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Teacher of the Year


The nomination period is open for 2020-2021. Nominations will be accepted through January 3, 2020: Nomination Form. 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.


Josh Edwards is our current Teacher of the Year. He teaches visual arts at Clear Spring High School and represented the county in this year's state Teacher of the Year program, earning a spot as a finalist. As part of his prize package, Josh is enjoying the use of a car for one year courtesy of Hagerstown Ford and Hagerstown Honda/Hagerstown Kia and free food for a year at Chick-Fil-A. The local Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet is held annually at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, MD.

2019-2020 TEACHER OF THE YEAR Finalists

  • Jennifer Babb - 3rd-grade teacher - Jonathan Hager Elementary
  • Joshua Edwards - Visual Arts teacher - Clear Spring High School
  • Samantha Farioli - 7th grade English Language Arts teacher and Magnet coordinator - Boonsboro Middle
  • Kimberly Grabenstein - 4th-grade Magnet teacher - Williamsport Elementary
  • Ashley Vascik - Social Studies teacher - Boonsboro High

The annual dinner and recognition was held on April 24, 2019, 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.