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South Shore teacher finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year

Teresa Beilstein, third grade teacher at South Shore Elementary School, in a group with her students. She was named Teacher of the Year. - Original Credit:
Teresa Beilstein, third grade teacher at South Shore Elementary School, in a group with her students. She was named Teacher of the Year. - Original Credit: (Anne Arundel Public Schools / HANDOUT)

A third grade South Shore Elementary School teacher was named as one of the finalists for the Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Teresa Beilstein is one of seven finalists for the award. Beilstein also won teacher of the year for Anne Arundel County.

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She called this an honor and a way to represent “our awesome teachers” in a statement.

“The excitement that our county generates is just so awesome. I would not want to work anywhere else, and I can’t believe that I get to be the representative of so many amazing teachers who work so hard every day without the recognition,” she said in a statement.

Beilstein has been teaching for the past seven years. According to the county schools statement, she is the “fifth consecutive county teacher and seventh in the last nine years to be named a state finalist.”

One of her former students thanked her in the nomination letter for the county award and said “thanks for teaching me everything I know, not just academically, but about myself.”

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

The winner of the teacher of the year will be named at a banquet on Oct. 25.

The selected Maryland Teacher of the Year will go on to compete for the esteemed National Teacher of the Year Award, to be announced next April. Maryland’s Teacher of the Year will also spend the coming year as an educational speaker and adviser in Maryland, and will be honored by the president at the White House next spring. The Maryland Teacher of the Year will also participate in several national meetings and conferences.

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