2018 Teacher of the Year

 Heather Carnaghan

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Heather Carnaghan

2018-2019 Maryland State Teacher of the Year

Eights Grade Teacher, Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School

“How do we become the teachers that inspire great connection in the world through great connection in our classrooms?... Let’s let every action and word that we choose remind them that they are loved and honored because those are connections that matter.

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Ms. Carnaghan shares her story with the Faces of AACPS.

2017 Teacher of the Year

 Josh Carroll

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Josh Carroll

2017-2018 Maryland State Teacher of the Year

STEM Teacher, South River High School

“The most important thing I can do to help a student achieve is to help that student understand that they have somebody caring about them, somebody wanting them to be successful. That starts with relationships. I am truly blessed to work at South River High School where we have a principal and administrative staff who believe in and value the power of relationships.” Learn more about Josh Carroll.

Watch Mr. Carroll's AACPS Teacher of the Year acceptance speech.

Mr. Carroll shares his story with the Faces of AACPS.

2016 Teacher of the Year

 Katrina Griffin

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Katrina Griffin

2016 National Foreign Language Teacher of the Year

Finalist, 2016 Maryland State Teacher of the Year

German Teacher, North County High School

"I am the guide and facilitator in the classroom, planning for learning and providing resources and space for students to become proficient in the German language and culture. It is not my job to tell students what to think, rather it is my responsibility to teach them how to think."

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Ms. Griffin shares her story in the Faces of AACPS. 

2015 Teacher of the Year

 Jennie Merrill

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Jennie Merrill

Finalist, 2015 Maryland Teacher of the Year

5th Grade Teacher, Severna Park Elementary School

"It is my job, duty, and privilege to unlock a child’s gift every day. It is my mission to believe in each student and look for that spark inside of them that makes them special or 'gifted.' I believe that each child has a spark inside of them that shines brighter than any other that when unlocked, will lead to a new world of possibilities."

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Ms. Merrill shares her story with the Faces of AACPS. 

2014 Teacher of the Year

 Christina Houstian

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Christina Houstian

Social Studies Teacher, Broadneck High School

"Whether students are in kindergarten or working toward a doctorate in graduate school, they need to engage, to be creative and become deeply involved in what they are learning.  They need to be able ask questions, find answers, and they need to learn how to fall down and get right back up again.  Most of all, our students deserve a teacher who believes in them; a teacher who expects them to struggle, to embrace challenges, and to learn more than they ever thought themselves capable of learning."

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Ms.Houstian shares her story with the Faces of AACPS.

2013 Teacher of the Year

 Jodi Hogan

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Jodi Hogan

Finalist, 2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year

Spanish Teacher, South River High School

"I want my students to know they can accomplish anything they desire and more with determination and the encouragement of adults who care about them."

2012 teacher of the year

 Martha Gardner

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Martha Gardner

5th Grade, Belvedere Elementary

“If you are part of my life you are family... I get butterflies at the beginning of each school year in anticipation of the new class of learners about to join me on a yearlong adventure. I am excited to see their faces on the first day. These smiling uncertain people don't know it yet but they have just met the newest member of their family-me.”

2011 teacher of the year

 Laura Groo

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Laura Groo

6th Grade/Language Arts, Southern Middle School

“It is my responsibility and privilege to grow students beyond their expectations and instill in them a love for learning, preparing them to be productive participants in a global community that desperately needs them to be their best.”

2010 Teacher of the year

 Erin C. Sullivan

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Erin C. Sullivan

English as a Second Language, Glen Burnie High School

“When students come to me with their problems, I acknowledge how hard they have to work to overcome them, but i do not allow them to use that as an excuse to be unsuccessful.”

2009 teacher of the year

 Donna McAllister

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Donna McAllister

English Grade 8, George Fox Middle School

“My greatest accomplishment as a teacher is getting a letter a year, two, or five years later from a student who simply says “Thank You”- thank you because I have influenced her life in the same way that many of my teachers influenced who I am today.”

2008 teacher of the year

 Clayton Culp

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Clayton Culp

 

Mathematics 9-12 grade, Broadneck High School

“By his example and his efforts, Mr. Culp has taught our students a valuable lesson about the importance of helping others and the power we have to make a difference.”

2007 teacher of the year

 Alicia Appel

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Alicia Appel

English Teacher, Southern High School

“I will do whatever it takes ... and ‘it’ changes every year. At the beginning of every semester I immediately assess my students’ academic skills, gain their trust by showing genuine interest in their lives and respecting them for who they are, develop meaningful lessons that are pertinent to their specific needs, train them to work hard, and insist on the highest level of standards when it comes to the performance of each kid for 86 minutes every day of the year.”

Meet our Teachers

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    Read stories by past AACPS Teacher of the Year winners and nominees that take you inside some of the best classrooms in Anne Arundel County.

Independent School Teachers of the Year

  • 2018
    Lauren Rimando, Annapolis Area Christian School

    2017
    Kelly Rampmeyer, The Summit School

    2016
    Stephanie Lotze, St. Mary's High School

    2015
    Catherine Klase-Markey, Archbishop Spalding High School

    2014
    Erin Kolarik, St. Martin's Lutheran School

    2013
    Debora Coates Consugar, The Summit School