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Boonsboro educator is a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year

Christina Hammer-Atkins, a second-grade magnet teacher, is one of seven in running for statewide honor

August 22, 2012
  • Christina Hammer-Atkins, Washington County's 2012-13 Teacher of the Year, has been named a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year, the Maryland State Department of Education announced Wednesday.
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BOONSBORO — Christina Hammer-Atkins, Washington County’s 2012-13 Teacher of the Year, has been named a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year, the Maryland State Department of Education announced Wednesday.

Hammer-Atkins is a second-grade magnet teacher at Boonsboro Elementary School, which is a magnet school for global awareness and world languages.

She was named county Teacher of the Year in April at a recognition dinner at Fountain Head Country Club north of Hagerstown.

Hammer-Atkins is one of seven finalists for the 2012-13 Maryland Teacher of the Year, according to a news release from the state education department.

The other finalists are from Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Howard, St. Mary’s and Talbot counties.

A panel of judges from Maryland education organizations selected the finalists, according to the release.

The criteria the finalists were measured against included teaching philosophy and results, community involvement, knowledge of general education issues, and suggestions for professional and instructional improvement.

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Oral interviews with the finalists will be conducted in September, with the winner to be announced Oct. 5 at a gala at Martin’s West in Baltimore, according to the release. The winner will receive cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities and a new car valued at more than $25,000 donated by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.

As county Teacher of the Year, Hammer-Atkins received $500, a $5,000 classroom upgrade package and the use of a 2012 Honda Accord for a year courtesy of Hagerstown Honda.

Hammer-Atkins had been teaching in the county for seven years, and 17 years total, when she was named county Teacher of the Year.

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