Jeanine Horst, Washington County Public Schools’ 2018-19 Teacher of the Year, has been named a finalist for the top educator in the state.
Horst, a fifth-grade teacher at Cascade Elementary School, was among the seven finalists for 2018-19 Maryland Teacher of the Year announced Friday by state Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon.
“Maryland’s teachers play a vital role in the lives of our students — educating, encouraging and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a news release. “Being chosen as a Teacher of the Year finalist is a tremendous honor and a testament to the quality of teachers we have here in Maryland. I offer my sincere congratulations to all nominees.”
Salmon agreed that being a finalist is an exciting honor for each one of the teachers.
“These seven outstanding educators and role models exemplify the excellence displayed by teachers throughout Maryland,” she said in the release.
Other finalists include Heather Carnaghan of Anne Arundel County, LaQuisha Hall of Baltimore City, Tina Thomen of Carroll County, Staci Lamb of Cecil County, Richard Warren Jr. of Somerset County and Reneé Warfield of Talbot County.
Finalists were chosen by a panel of judges from a number of Maryland education organizations representing principals, teachers, school boards, teachers unions, parents and higher education. The finalists were selected from the 24 Teacher of the Year choices, one from each public school system in Maryland.
The new Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced during a gala reception and dinner at Martin’s West in Baltimore on Oct. 12. The winner will receive cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities and a new car valued at more than $25,000, courtesy of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.
Maryland’s top teacher will advance to the National Teacher of the Year contest. That winner will be announced next April.