Laura Doolan, an English teacher at Westminster High School, was named the Carroll County 2013 Teacher of the Year. Doolan, who comes from a family of educators, began her teaching career as a home and substitute teacher for Carroll County Public Schools in 1992. She then worked in Virginia until returning into 2004 to Westminster High, and in 2010 became chairwoman of the English Department. However, it has been her work outside the classroom that helped her garner the honor. Doolan's activities have included serving as the yearbook sponsor, class sponsor, Stand Up! founder and sponsor, School Improvement Team member, chairwoman of the Multicultural Committee and graduation coordinator. At the county level, she has taken a leadership role in writing curriculum and has led countywide professional development on the new curriculum.