Maryland 'Teacher of the Year' finalists announced

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Baltimore, MD  –  Seven finalists have been announced for 2019-2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year.

The finalists are: Teresa Beilstein, Anne Arundel County; Brandi Jason, Carroll County; Jossie Perry, Cecil County; Michael Franklin, Frederick County; Paige Milanoski, Harford County; Madeline Hanington, Montgomery County; Joshua Edwards, Washington County.

A judging panel comprised of educational organizations representing principals, teachers, school boards, teacher unions, and parents picked the finalists based on a number of criteria which included, results, teaching philosophy, and community involvement.

The finalists were selected from a group of 24 local teachers of the year, representing the 24 Maryland school systems.

The 2019-2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced during a gala reception and dinner at Martin’s West in Baltimore on October 25, 2019.

The winner will receive cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities, and a new car valued at more than $25,000, donated by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.

Dr. Richard Warren, Jr., a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) 8th grade teacher at Somerset County’s Crisfield High School and Academy, is the current Maryland Teacher of the Year. 

The finalists are:

Anne Arundel County – Teresa Beilstein, South Shore Elementary School, Grade 3

Teresa Beilstein, a National Board-certified teacher, has a Master’s Degree from Walden University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola College. She has developed and implemented science curricula and assessments aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, used in all of Anne Arundel County’s elementary schools.

Carroll County – Brandi Jason, Liberty High School, Instrumental Music, Grades 9 – 12

Brandi Jason has greatly expanded the instrumental music program at her school. Her wind band, orchestra, jazz, and marching ensembles receive superior ratings at regional and national levels. Her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music are both from James Madison University. She is a three-time GRAMMY Music Educator Semi-Finalist and a 2018 GRAMMY Finalist.

Cecil County – Jossie Perry, Rising Sun High School, Social Studies, Grades 9 – 12

Jossie Perry is a National Board-certified teacher who earned her Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Wilmington University, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Global Education from Rice University. She has been a Fulbright Teacher for Global Classrooms, and is the Coordinator for the Cecil County Teacher Leadership Network.

Frederick County – Michael Franklin, Catoctin High School, Health and Physical Education, Grades 9 – 12

As Department Chair, baseball coach, and Virtual School Instructor, Michael Franklin is very engaged in his school and community. He leads the ROAR Club, Seidel Tournament for Veterans, and Central Maryland Conference (CMC) Gambrill Baseball Program. He won the Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award and the Lions Club Teacher of Year Award.

Harford County – Paige L. Milanoski, Havre de Grace High School, English, Grade 10

Paige Milanoski currently teaches English, Reading, and Drama. She sponsors the student organization Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), which has received multiple acknowledgements, as well as regional media attention, for exemplary efforts in student education and prevention of opioid abuse among young people.

Montgomery County – Madeline Hanington, Hallie Wells Middle School, English, Grades 6 – 8

Madeline Hanington, the first in her family to attend college, earned a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University after earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Pratt Institute. She teaches English and Digital Literacy. She has won the Milken National Educator Award and is honored as a Lowell Milken Fellow for Unsung Heroes.

Washington County – Joshua Edwards, Clear Spring High School, Fine Arts, Grades 9 – 12

Joshua Edwards earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from West Virginia University and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Frostburg State University. He is responsible for all Fine Arts courses at his school. He also won the Maryland Outstanding Teacher Using Technology Award.

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