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Deadline for top teacher nominees moved to Jan. 30

January 18, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

WASHINGTON COUNTY

karenh@herald-mail.com

Students, parents and community members who want to recognize a favorite teacher have less than two weeks to turn in their nominations for Educator of the Year.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce has announced it will accept nominations for public- and private-school teachers until Jan. 30. The original cutoff date was today.

According to Chamber of Commerce President Brien J. Poffenberger, last year's nominations for Teacher of the Year numbered about 45.

"As it is, the deadline is the same this year as it was last year, so we anticipate the same," Poffenberger said. He said the deadline was moved to accommodate the holidays and the schedules of the PTA, which does not meet in December.

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Any member of the community may nominate a teacher, said Donna Long, the director of operations at the Chamber of Commerce.

Nominees must submit biographical information about themselves, and a panel of seven judges, including people from the business community and public and private schools, helps determine the public-school and private-school Educators of the Year, Long said.

The Washington County Public Schools Teacher of the Year receives the use of a car for a year and a cash prize, according to a press release about the deadline extension.

The Washington County Public Schools Teacher of the Year also competes for recognition as Maryland Teacher of the Year, Poffenberger said.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 28 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown; Washington County Public Schools Central Office at 820 Commonwealth Ave. in Hagerstown; or on the public schools' Web site at www.wcboe.k12.md.us.

Nominations should be returned to Long at the Chamber of Commerce.

According to the nomination on the schools' Web site, the Teacher of the Year banquet is April 26.

The Teacher of the Year recognition is one of the Chamber of Commerce's "flagship" programs, Poffenberger said.

"It's one of those clear examples of the business community recognizing how important education is," Poffenberger said. "It's a work-force issue. It's a business issue."

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