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Teacher of the Year

2019-2020 Teacher of the year

The nomination period is closed and finalists for 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year in Washington County Public Schools have been announced. 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 reigning Teacher 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.

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 will be 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.