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A Manchester Valley High School teacher took the top honor for a Carroll County educator this year.

Tina Thomen, an English teacher and English Department chair/content liaison at the school, was named the Carroll County 2018 Teacher of the Year during the Board of Education's employee recognition ceremony on Thursday, according to a news release from the school system.

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English Department chair Tina Thomen, left, looks on as junior Silas Hamby tries on a Kuba ceremonial mask, one of several African artifacts on display at Manchester Valley High School in February 2017.
English Department chair Tina Thomen, left, looks on as junior Silas Hamby tries on a Kuba ceremonial mask, one of several African artifacts on display at Manchester Valley High School in February 2017. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times file)

Prior to working in the field of education, Thomen worked in the finance industry, according to the release. She began her teaching career as a substitute teacher for Carroll County Public Schools in 2005 and, from 2007 to 2009, she was an English teacher at Liberty High School. Later in 2009, she started teaching English at Manchester Valley High

Thomen was chosen from a group of eight candidates who were recognized last month with Outstanding Teachers Awards.

The other Outstanding Teacher Award recipients for 2018 were:

  • 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
  • Jacquelyn Williar-Voland, English language arts teacher at North Carroll Middle School

Last year's winner was Thomas McHugh, an English teacher at Century High School.



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