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Eight named Carroll County Public Schools outstanding teachers, finalists for Teacher of the Year

Eight were named outstanding teachers and finalists for the Teacher of the Year award for Carroll County Public Schools Wednesday night.

The Chamber of Commerce and CCPS recognized 725 teachers at the 32nd annual Outstanding Teacher Awards program and eight were chosen as recipients of the award.

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They will each receive a $300 check from the Chamber of Commerce and have a chance to be chosen as the Carroll County Teacher of the Year who will represent Carroll in Maryland’s Teacher of the Year program. The Chamber of Commerce also recognized and awarded educators who are continuing education and named a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

The Outstanding Teacher Award goes to educators in the school system who represent excellence in teaching. Parents, students, fellow teachers, supervisors or school administrators could make a nomination.

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Here are this year’s winners/finalists:

  • Jennifer Borcik, an eighth grade U.S. History Teacher at Northwest Middle School.
  • Megan Dash, a science teacher in the BEST Program at East Middle School.
  • Dawnella Dill, an English teacher at Century High School.
  • Steve Findeisen, a social studies teacher at Manchester Valley High School.
  • Holly Fuhrman, a media specialist at Shiloh Middle School.
  • Timothy Litzau, a STEM teacher at Linton Springs Elementary School.
  • Sally Powell, an ESOL resource teacher.
  • Carrie Stitcher, a teacher at Spring Garden Elementary School.

The Chamber of Commerce also awarded three $300 scholarships to assists teachers in continuing education to Melissa Frey, a math teacher at Century High School, Lexi Rhoten, an eighth grade math teacher at Sykesville Middle School and Rebecca Romero, a fifth grade STEM and Humanities Teacher at Westminster Elementary School.

Tom Hill, Director of Middle Schools, is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award after 40 years of working in CCPS. He started in 1981 as a physical education teacher at West Middle School and served as assistant principal at Sykesville Middle School. He became the principal at Shiloh and West Middle Schools and has been the director of middle schools for the past 11 years.

The eight finalists named Wednesday night at Carroll County's Outstanding Teachers Award event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Top row: Megan Dash, a science teacher in the BEST program at East Middle School, Holly Fuhram, a media specialist at Shiloh Middle School, Timothy Litzau, a STEM teacher at Linton Springs Elementary School and Dawnella Dill, an English Teacher at Century High School. Bottom row: Steve Findeisen, a social studies teacher at Manchester Valley High School, Carrie Stitcher, a teacher at Spring Garden Elementary School, Sally Powell, an ESOL Resource Teacher and Jennifer Borcik, an eighth grade U.S. History teacher at Northwest Middle School.
The eight finalists named Wednesday night at Carroll County's Outstanding Teachers Award event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Top row: Megan Dash, a science teacher in the BEST program at East Middle School, Holly Fuhram, a media specialist at Shiloh Middle School, Timothy Litzau, a STEM teacher at Linton Springs Elementary School and Dawnella Dill, an English Teacher at Century High School. Bottom row: Steve Findeisen, a social studies teacher at Manchester Valley High School, Carrie Stitcher, a teacher at Spring Garden Elementary School, Sally Powell, an ESOL Resource Teacher and Jennifer Borcik, an eighth grade U.S. History teacher at Northwest Middle School.

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