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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.


Raymond Weber photo with Teacher of the Year graphic

Raymond Weber, a fifth grade teacher at Salem Avenue Elementary School, is the 2023-2024 Teacher of the Year! He has spent his entire 13-year teaching career at Salem Avenue. As part of his prize package, Raymond is enjoying the use of a 2023 Kia Sorento Hybrid for a year, generously sponsored by Hagerstown Honda and Kia.  

Finalists for 2023-2024 include: 

  • Ashley Deeds - Health Education teacher - South Hagerstown High School
  • Kimberlie Grabenstein - 4th/5th grade STEM Magnet teacher - Williamsport Elementary School
  • Erin Orth - 3rd grade teacher - Fountaindale Elementary School
  • Erika Osborne - Chorus teacher - Springfield Middle School

Five Teacher of the Year finalists


An annual dinner and recognition ceremony is held each spring and is sponsored by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Hagerstown.