The eight recipients of Outstanding Teacher Awards were announced Wednesday night by Carroll County Public Schools.

The awards, in partnership with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, recognize the men and women of CCPS who represent excellence in the teaching profession, according to a news release from the school system. Any full-time elementary, middle or high school, career and technology, or special education teacher or media specialist in CCPS is eligible for nomination, and more than 450 were nominated this year.


The eight winners of this year’s Outstanding Teacher Awards are:

  • Michael Golden, physical education teacher at Oklahoma Road Middle School;
  • Brandi Jason, instrumental music teacher at Liberty High School;
  • Kimberly Johnson, media specialist at South Carroll High School;
  • Matt Leibensperger, social studies and English teacher at Winters Mill High School;
  • Gayle Sands, reading specialist at Northwest Middle School;
  • Jennifer Shipley, second-grade teacher at Linton Springs Elementary School;
  • Tina Thomen, English teacher at Manchester Valley High School;
  • Jacquelyn Williar-Voland, English language arts teacher at North Carroll Middle School.

All eight are in the running for Carroll County Teacher of the Year, which will be announced at the Employee Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, April 26. Last year’s Carroll County Teacher of the Year was Thomas McHugh.

In addition to the Outstanding Teacher Awards, the Chamber of Commerce also awarded Wilhelm Scholarships to teachers to assist in their continuing education. The scholarship recipients are Britni Hood, a seventh-grade special education resource teacher at West Middle School; April Thompkins, a seventh-grade life science teacher at North Carroll Middle School; and Jonathan Wolfe, a teacher in the BEST Program at East Middle School.

The awards are a joint program of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll County Public Schools, organized by the chamber’s Business and Education Committee and supported by the chamber’s member businesses and CCPS, according to the chamber’s website. This is the 29th year of the program.