Carroll County Teacher of Year Selected as State Finalist
Release Date: 8/21/2008 8:28:49 AM
Mary Catherine Stephens, Carroll County’s Teacher of the Year, has been named as one of eight finalists for the 2009 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Stephens, a teacher at Mt. Airy Elementary School, was named Carroll County 2008 Teacher of the Year during the Board of Education’s employee recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 30, 2008.
Stephens earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree of Science in Administration and Supervision at the Johns Hopkins University. She has been with Carroll County Public Schools for six years and has a total of 18 years of teaching experience. Prior to coming to Carroll County, Stephens operated her own preschool and was an elementary school assistant principal and teacher in Howard County.
The finalists were selected by a panel of judges from key Maryland education organizations representing principals, teachers, school boards, teacher unions, students, parents and higher education. Finalists were measured against a rigorous set of national criteria that include teaching philosophy, community involvement, knowledge of general education issues, and suggestions for professional and instructional improvement. Oral interviews with the seven finalists will be conducted on September 6th.
The 2009 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced on October 3rd during a gala reception and dinner at Martin’s West. The winner will receive cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities, and a new car valued at over $25,000, donated by Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, a presenting sponsor.