Charles County Public Schools has updated the nomination process for the 2018-19 Washington Post Teacher of the Year and 2019-20 Maryland Teacher of the Year Awards. Principals will submit one electronic nomination per school.

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Washington Post Teacher of the Year Nomination Information icon acrobat

Nomination Criteria

All nominees must be a teacher who:

  1. Have a minimum of five years teaching experience, must be in their sixth year of teaching, and be entering their fourth consecutive year as a teacher with Charles County Public Schools. Nominees must be serving as a teacher for the 2018 - 19 school year.

  2. Is a full-time teacher in grades pre-k through 12.

  3. Has not been the recipient of either the Washington Post or Maryland Teacher of the Year awards in the past three years.

  4. Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve.

  5. Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem.

  6. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students.

  7. Foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community.

  8. Demonstrate outstanding leadership.

  9. Maintain their teaching position throughout the 2019 – 2020 school year.


Nomination Process

Binders are not required.  Principals will submit nominations electronically.

Nominees may be asked to provide the information necessary to meet the submission guidelines for the following: career summary, 200-word biography, educational background, leadership experience, and accomplishments/honors received.

  1. Name of contact person, school name/address, position, names and positions of committee members.

  2. A minimum of four statements of support. Letters are required from the following: one letter from a parent, one letter from a student, one letter from a colleague, and one letter from an administrator or content specialist. All letters/statements of support must contain a physical signature and be scanned as one PDF to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Letter submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. on December 7, 2018.

  3. A career summary (a bulleted list, not a resume).

  4. A 200-word biography that explains why they are an exceptional nominee. Nomination criteria listed above should be used as a guide.

  5. A description of contributions in each of the nomination criteria.

  6. Educational background, listing degrees earned, certifications, majors and universities/colleges attended.

  7. Leadership experience.

  8. One vertical, 3 x 5, color photograph, “headshot only” and three action shots featuring the nominee and students. The headshot image must be a high-resolution JPG file with a minimum of 2MB. Electronic photo submissions are due by 3:00 p.m. on December 7, 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


All electronic nominations, photo, and scanned letters of support are due to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018  Late submissions will not be accepted.


For more information, please contact Ramona DiBenedetto in Human Resources at 301-934-7242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..