Seven Baltimore area teachers have been named finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year.
The finalists come from schools in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Harford, Howard and Carroll counties, and elsewhere around the state.
The finalists are: Joshua Carroll of Anne Arundel, Justin Holbrook of Baltimore City, Thomas McHugh of Carroll County, Heather Roth of Garrett County, Amy E. Mangold of Harford County, Maddy Halbach of Howard County and Katie Fox of Talbot County.
Each of the finalists had previously been named as the Teacher of the Year for their school district. They were selected by a panel of judges from Maryland education organizations representing administrators, teachers, school boards and parents. One of the finalists will be chosen later this year to be the state Teacher of the Year.
The winner will go on to compete for National Teacher of the Year Award. The national winner will be announced in April.
Holbrook teaches fourth grade math and science at Roland Park Elementary School in Baltimore City. He is known for using story-telling and classroom experiences to enhance his teaching. He has leadership roles in the school and founded the professional learning network #BmoreEdchat.
Carroll is a South River High School science, technology, engineering and math teacher in Anne Arundel County. He has leadership roles in his school and is the head cross country coach and assistant coach for track and field.
McHugh is an English teacher at Century High School in Carroll County. He is a nationally board certified teacher and an expert in curriculum design. He scores Advanced Placement exams.
Halbach teaches at Howard County's Applications and Research Laboratory, Academy of Finance. She teaches financial literacy and recently was recognized as the 2016 Maryland Financial Literacy Teacher of the Year. She has trained other teachers on financial literacy.
Mangold is a special educator at John Archer School in Harford County who has concentrated on teaching preschool students with severe intellectual and physical disabilities. She has held leadership positions in her school and county. She also is a volunteer with Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding.