Teacher of the Year finalists announced

March 30, 2012
  • Allen Haines
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Teacher of the Year finalists for Washington County Public Schools have been announced.

A judging committee will complete an additional review of the five finalists, including interviews and classroom observations.

The county’s 2012-13 Teacher of the Year will then 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 in county public schools 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. She is involved in PTA at the middle school, and the athletic and band boosters at the high school.

 Sally Irwin, Washington County Technical High School — A Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science teacher, she has taught for county public schools 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 — She is a music teacher with 10 years of teaching experience, four in county public schools. 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 such as 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 county public schools for five years and serves as Olweus Bullying Prevention Coordinator for her school. She is involved in activities benefiting the community and her church.

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