Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for The Washington Post’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Award. The annual award honors exemplary teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching and outstanding leadership, encourage creative and quality instruction, and contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education.

One finalist in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will be selected as The Washington Post Teacher of the Year. Charles County Public Schools’ finalist will represent Charles County and be in the running for The Post’s overall award. Nominees must be full-time teachers in grades prekindergarten through 12 and have a minimum of five years teaching experience; three of those years must have been with Charles County Public Schools.

Teachers, students, former students, administrators or community members may submit nominations. Teachers may not nominate themselves. Nominees must also maintain their teaching position throughout the 2018-19 school year and not have received the award in the past three years. Additionally, nominees must be serving as a teacher for the current school year.

Nomination materials must include a minimum of four statements of support, one of which must be from a professional educator; a career summary (list of positions held, date and location of each, and degrees and certifications earned); a description of contributions in each of the nomination criteria categories; and a 200-word biography written to highlight the specific award for which the awardee was nominated.

The nomination criteria categories are:
• instill in students a desire to learn and achieve;
• understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem;
• demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students;
• foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community;
• demonstrate outstanding leadership; and
• maintain their teaching position throughout the 2018-19 school year.

Charles County’s finalist for The Post’s Teacher of the Year awards program will be recognized by The Post with other finalists from school districts in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Nomination materials must be included in a presentation binder that does not exceed 40 single pages. Included in the binder should be one color laser print of a vertical headshot photograph of the nominee. The photo should also be downloaded to a disc as a 3-by-5-inch jpeg file with a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi).
Nominations are due by Thursday, Dec. 21. Binders should be sent to the Office of Human Resources, Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Md., 20646. Binders must include a completed cover page. The cover page, as well as other supporting materials, is posted at http://bit.ly/2iZVEco.
The winner will be selected by a screening committee and kept confidential until The Washington Post runs its advertisement to announce the recipient. Contact Tonia Miles-Carvana in human resources at 301-934-7255 with questions.

The Washington Post established the Teacher of the Year Award to recognize excellence in teaching, encourage creativity and quality instruction and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

About CCPS
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,900 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 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 Dr. Patricia Vaira, 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.