Five finalists named in 2011 Teacher of the Year program

April 07, 2010

Five finalists from Washington County Public Schools have been named in the 2011 Teacher of the Year program.

o Karri Ernst, an advanced placement government teacher at Boonsboro High School, has taught at Washington County Public Schools for 12 years. She was a Teacher of the Year nominee in 2003.

Ernst was Student Government Advisor of the Year in 2006, We the People competition advisor national finalist in 2007 and 2008, and American Legion speech contest advisor state finalist in 2009.

She is a member of the Clear Spring Historical Society and is active in her church and in fundraising in her home community of Clear Spring.


o Marjorie Kellman has taught Health Occupations at Washington County Technical High School for the past 18 years.

She has been nominated four previous times in the Teacher of the Year program and was honored as the SkillsUSA regional advisor of the year for 2009-2010 at the state SkillsUSA competition in Baltimore.

She also is involved in church and community, including Girl Scouts, Optimist Club and as a previous sports and band booster in Middletown, Md.

o Mike Leith is a seventh-grade math teacher at Hancock Middle/Senior High School. He has been with Washington County Public Schools for 12 years.

Leith has received commendations for his students' achievement and has been honored by the YMCA and other organizations for his involvement in youth and adult sports as a coach and official.

He serves as the Hancock Middle School team leader.

o Tameron (Tammy) Marriner, a 21-year Washington County Public Schools veteran, teaches kindergarten at Rockland Woods Elementary School.

Marriner was a 2008 Teacher of the Year finalist and was named a Sam's Club teacher of the year in 2002.

Her community activities have focused on supporting sports programs at South Hagerstown High School and the Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer organization.

Marriner has been honored for her use of technology in the classroom by the Maryland Instructional Computers Coordinators Association.

o Lori Uzicanan is the art teacher at Potomac Heights Elementary School and has been with Washington County Public Schools for 11 years. She is a 2006 Teacher of the Year nominee.

Uzicanan is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, and was selected by the Maryland Department of Education to help preview and revise lesson plans for an African American history program through the Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in 2004-2005.

She has been involved in professional and community organizations, including Lioness, Zonta and her church.

The winner will be announced at the annual Teacher of the Year banquet sponsored by the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation at Fountain Head Country Club on April 28.

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