Three Finalists for MCPS Teacher of the Year Announced
Three teachers have been named finalists for the 2019–2020 MCPS Teacher of the Year Award by the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund. They are: Maura Backenstoe, kindergarten teacher at Burning Tree Elementary School; Madeline Hanington, English content specialist and teacher at Hallie Wells Middle School; and Teak Bassett, social studies teacher at Clarksburg High School.
The Greenblatt Education Fund is also honoring Brendan Kelly, instrumental music teacher at Albert Einstein High School, and Virginia Pantella, STEM teacher at Gaithersburg Middle School, as the 2019 Rising Star Teachers of the Year. This award honors teachers with less than five years of experience whose creativity and enthusiasm encourages students to stretch themselves and achieve more.
Finalists for the Teacher of the Year Award, who must have five years or more of teaching experience in Montgomery County, are interviewed by a panel of educators, Board of Education members, MCPS staff and representatives from the Montgomery County Council of PTAs, as well as a member of the Greenblatt family.
The teachers, along with other MCPS employees and partners, will be honored for their extraordinary work as part of the annual Champions for Children Awards Celebration. The MCPS Teacher of the Year will be named during the event, which will take place Thursday, April 25, at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown.
The Marian Greenblatt Fund, named for a former Board of Education member, recognizes teachers that inspire their students to achieve, encourage younger teachers to be the best they can be, and help their school and community. The Fund awards each Teacher of the Year finalist a prize of $2,000, and the two Rising Star Teaching awardees $1,000 each.