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Washington County Teacher of the Year finalists named

March 30, 2012
  • Finalists for Washington County 2012-13 Teacher of the Year are, from left, Allen Haines, Christina Hammer-Atkins, Sally Irwin, Heather McEndree and Katie Rubeck.
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Washington County Public Schools Teacher of the Year finalists have been announced.

A judging committee will complete an additional review of the five finalists, including interviews and classroom observations, and the county’s 2012- 13 Teacher of the Year will be named at the annual dinner and recognition on April 25 at Fountain Head Country Club.

The program is sponsored by the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The finalists are:

• Allen Haines, Boonsboro Middle School — A physical education teacher who has been teaching for WCPS for 26 years. He is a past Teacher of the Year nominee and has been part of demonstration school and teacher awards from the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He has been a presenter and facilitator at national middle school conferences.

• Christina Hammer-Atkins, Boonsboro Elementary School — A second grade teacher, she has more than 17 years of teaching experience, seven in Washington County. She is a previous Teacher of the Year and Science Teacher of the Year nominee. She is active at all three Boonsboro schools, including as teacher and magnet teacher coordinator at the elementary school, involvement in PTA at the middle school and as part of the athletic and band boosters at the high school.

• Sally Irwin, Washington County Technical High School — A Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science, she has taught for WCPS for eight years. She is a past Teacher of the Year nominee and in 2011 received the Outstanding Career and Technology Program Award from the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Career and College Readiness. Her Biomedical Science program  received a Project Lead the Way Model School Award at the Innovation Summit in Washington, D.C., in 2010.

• Heather McEndree, Western Heights Middle School — A music teacher with 10 years of teaching experience, four in WCPS. She began her career in Frederick County and received that county’s Outstanding First Year Teacher Award. She has been published in Music Educators Journal in the past and another article will be published this year. Her community involvement includes teaching music classes for babies, toddlers and preschool children and working on behalf of organizations like March of Dimes, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Human Society of Washington County.

• Katie Rubeck, Rockland Woods Elementary School — A first-grade teacher, she has taught for WCPS for five years and serves as Olweus Bullying Prevention Coordinator for her school. She is involved in activities benefitting the community and her church.

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