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Charles County Public Schools Teacher of the Year nominations due by Nov. 11

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for The Washington Post and Maryland Teacher of the Year awards programs. Nominated teachers will be considered as honorees in either one or the other awards program. Additionally, all schools and centers should submit one teacher nominee annually.

Nomination criteria include a minimum of five complete years of teaching and must be a full-time classroom teacher in prekindergarten through Grade 12. Nominees must also commit to maintaining their teaching position with CCPS for the 2023-2024 school year. Criteria also include demonstration by the teacher of the following:

  • Instills in students a desire to learn and achieve.
  • Understands the individual needs of students, encourages their talents and fosters their self-esteem.
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students.
  • Fosters cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community.
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership.

Nominations are submitted by school principals to CCPS staff who oversee the awards programs. Submission suggestions can be made by teachers, students or community members. Anyone interested in suggesting a teacher for nomination should contact the school in which the teacher works. Nominees who have received either The Post teacher finalist award or were named Charles County Teacher of the Year in the past three years are not eligible.

One CCPS teacher will be selected from the pool of nominees by a committee of school system staff to represent Charles County as the Charles County Teacher of the Year and finalist for the Maryland Teacher of the Year award. The Charles County Teacher of the Year announcement will be made by CCPS in Spring 2023.

One CCPS teacher will also be selected from among the nominee pool as Charles County’s finalist for The Washington Post Teacher of the Year award. The Post names one finalist from districts in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., as its Teacher of the Year. The Post will announce its overall winner in Spring 2023.

Additional information about the nomination process is posted on the MyCCPS staff section of the school website of Nominations are due by 2 p.m., Nov. 11 and must be submitted electronically. Contact Ramona DiBenedetto at 301-934-7242 or for more details. 


About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial M. Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).