A social studies teacher at Broadneck High School was named Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2013-14 at the county's annual Excellence in Education Awards banquet Thursday night.
Christina Houstian, Broadneck's second teacher to win the award in the last seven years and its sixth since the program's inception in 1986-87, will be Anne Arundel's nominee for Maryland Teacher of the Year in the fall.
Erin Kolarik, a math and science teacher at St. Martin's Lutheran School in Annapolis, was named independent schools teacher of the year.
The event, sponsored by BGE and Comcast, recognized 56 educators at the county's public and private schools. The other finalists for teacher of the year were Susan Sheehy, a fourth-grade teacher at Millersville Elementary School; Jennifer Swiech, an AVID teacher at Meade Middle School; and Brad Wray, a social studies teacher at Arundel High School.
In the independent school category, Amy Brunner of Archbishop Spalding High School and Matthew Martelli of St. Mary's High School, were the other finalists.
ShopRite was named the school system's business partner of the year for the grocery chain's work with Northeast High School and Sunset Elementary School. Other businesses recognized were C2 Education; Annapolis Bowl, Greenway Bowl, and Severna Park Lanes; Little White Fashion Truck; and Watershed Stewards Academy.