Carroll County Teacher of the Year Tina Thomen teaches AP Language Arts at Manchester Valley High School April 27, 2018.
Carroll County Teacher of the Year Tina Thomen teaches AP Language Arts at Manchester Valley High School April 27, 2018. (Ken Koons / Carroll County Times)

Tina Thomen, 2018 Carroll County Teacher of the Year, has been named a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Thomen is an English teacher and English Department chair/content liaison at Manchester Valley High School.


“Tina is one of those rare teachers with the gift for being able and willing to teach all levels of students,” Manchester Valley Assistant Principal Betsy Donovan is quoted as saying in a news release. “Tina approaches her students with the true belief that each and every one of them is capable of excelling.”

Tina Thomen, Manchester Valley teacher, brings passion to help others learn, excitement to the classroom

More than a decade later, Thomen’s love of helping high schoolers learn has lead her to being named as the Carroll County Public Schools 2018 Teacher of the Year. 

A panel of judges selected seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year from the 24 Maryland school districts’ teachers of the year, according to a news release from Carroll County Public Schools.

The winners will be named during a gala reception and dinner at Martin’s West in Baltimore on Oct. 12. The winner will move on to consideration for the National Teacher of the Year award.

“All finalists were chosen based on a rigorous set of state and national criteria that include teaching philosophy and results, community involvement, knowledge of general education issues, and suggestions for professional and instructional improvement,” according to the release.

Thomen began teaching in Carroll County Public Schools in 2005 as a substitute teacher. She moved to full-time teaching English at Liberty High School in 2007 and moved to Manchester Valley in 2009.

She has taught from ninth to 11th grades, AP Language and Composition, HSA and Bridge Remediation, and several electives, according to the release.

“Throughout her teaching career, Thomen has served as a lead curriculum writer, an AP Language and Composition reader for the Educational Testing Service, and an adviser for the Newspaper Club and the National English Honor Society at Manchester Valley High School,” according to the release.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, two master’s degrees from McDaniel College in science in education and liberal arts.

Prior to being named Carroll County Teacher of the Year, she was named a finalist four times.