Elizabeth Heist - AACPS 2024 Teacher of the Year. Music teacher-Lake Shore. Maroon image with photo of Elizabeth and apples.

2024 Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year

  • Elizabeth Heist, a music teacher at Lake Shore Elementary School for 11 years, was named the 2024 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. The announcement came at the culmination of the 38th annual Excellence in Education Awards held at the Live! Event Center at Arundel Mills on May 3rd, 2024.

    Tiffany Wenck, teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School, was named 2024 Independent Schools Teacher of the Year. 

    The following teachers were among the 69 Anne Arundel County teachers who were honored at the event (one asterisk denotes semifinalist - two asterisks denotes finalist):

    • Patrick Alexander, Piney Orchard Elementary School
    • Roxanne Angerer, Severna Park High School
    • Nikki Baker, Jones Elementary School
    • Emily Beer, Freetown Elementary School
    • Jennifer Benes, Manor View Elementary School
    • Jessica Berstein, Severn River Middle School
    • Kylie Blankinship, Chesapeake High School
    • Alison Bowers, Brooklyn Park Middle School*
    • Jesse Bragg, Meade Middle School
    • Carol Brinkley, Mary Moss at J. Albert Adams Academy
    • Kandice Brune, Belle Grove Elementary School
    • Randi Burkhardt, Arundel Middle School
    • Kayt Capasso, Georgetown East Elementary School*
    • Cara Nicole Chambers, Brooklyn Park Elementary School
    • Amy Chitwood, Ridgeway Elementary School
    • Stephanie Clampitt, Point Pleasant Elementary School
    • Cindy Contreras, Tyler Heights Elementary School*
    • Stephanie Danza, Annapolis Area Christian School
    • Elizabeth Davidson, Crofton Middle School
    • Brandy Dorr, Old Mill Middle School South*
    • Carly Ellis, Fort Smallwood Elementary School
    • Lori Fish, Solley Elementary School
    • Kate Ganley, Crofton High School
    • James Grim, Old Mill High School*
    • Nancy X. Harmon, Ruth Parker Eason School
    • Kristin Haynie, Marley Elementary School*
    • Morgan Heymann, North County High School
    • Amy Hughes, Severna Park Middle School
    • Malia Johnston, Magothy River Middle School*
    • Clinton Kittrell, The Summit School**
    • Melissa Kratsas, George Cromwell Elementary School
    • Nick Konstantopoulos, Glen Burnie High School
    • Hayden Lambert, Wiley H. Bates Middle School
    • Jamie Landis, Waugh Chapel Elementary School
    • Kelly Leary, Glendale Elementary School*
    • Shelby Ledger, Broadneck High School
    • Alyssa Lowman, Mills-Parole Elementary School
    • Colleen Murphy Ayala, Annapolis Middle School
    • Jane Newton, Southern Middle School
    • Courtney Oltman, Folger McKinsey Elementary School
    • Paula Perry, AACPS Virtual Academy
    • Nicole Pope, Hilltop Elementary School
    • Ramish Qutab, Lindale Middle School
    • Andrea Ranaghan, Old Mill Middle School North
    • Debra Roat, Linthicum Elementary School
    • Shannon Riley, South River High School
    • Renee Lauren Robbins, Deale Elementary School
    • Scott Roberts, Corkran Middle School
    • Caitlin Rzepkowski, Tracy’s Elementary School
    • Corinne Shuck Seidel, Broadneck Elementary School*
    • Amy Sherlock, Arundel High School
    • Nicole Shouse, Seven Oaks Elementary School
    • Kellie Skinner, Annapolis High School
    • Sarah Skinner, Center of Applied Technology – North*
    • Samantha Skoczylas, Millersville Elementary School
    • Diannette M. Soto-Barreto, Marley Middle School
    • Tara Stapler, Central Middle School
    • Pamela Stein, Monarch Global Academy
    • Joshua L. Thompson, Northeast Middle School
    • Terry D. Tuttle, Shady Side Elementary School
    • Kate Veasel, Pasadena Elementary School
    • Malieka Walton, Chesapeake Bay Middle School
    • Karen M. Wilson, Edgewater Elementary School
    • Cynthia White, St. John the Evangelist
    • Amy Jakubowski Wukitch, Woodside Elementary School
    • Susie Zacepilo, Lothian Elementary School
    • Bridget Zimmerman, Germantown Elementary School

    Read the full news release here.

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Mary Kay Connerton accepting the Teacher of the Year Award at the Excellence in Education event

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