Frederick County Public Schools has announced that four teachers have advanced to be named finalists for the 2017-2018 FCPS Teacher of the Year Award, the county’s most prestigious award for teachers. Every school in FCPS nominates at least one outstanding teacher every year to be selected as the county’s Teacher of the Year. This year, after several stages of review that included interviews and submitting essays and other materials, FCPS narrowed the field to four outstanding finalists. They are:
Cathlyn Babb, Tuscarora Elementary School. Cathlyn is an expert in culturally proficient education. As a teacher-leader, she models the provision of meaningful lessons that embrace the diverse languages, cultures and experiential backgrounds of today’s students. Cathlyn is also a certified American Sign Language interpreter.
Kevin Lloyd, Linganore High School. Kevin is the VPA Department Chairperson at Linganore High School, where he teaches the Marching, Symphonic and Jazz bands, Music Theory and Technology, and the Percussion and World Music ensembles. As a performer/composer, Kevin has completed nine concert tours of Europe and Japan, and has provided music and sound design for over 100 plays, including a dozen Off-Broadway productions.
Karima Sharper, Centerville Elementary School. Karima is an educator who is committed to the collaborative learning of students, staff and the community. Currently a special education teacher, Karima provides inclusive and small group instruction to elementary students with special needs.
Carrie Mehl, Oakdale High School. Carrie dedicates her life to teaching, learning, and building hope. As a teacher-leader and Master Teacher, she writes curriculum, coordinates and leads professional learning opportunities for teachers, runs the student tutoring center, and oversees the support program for incoming students and families.
The winner of FCPS’s 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year award will be announced in May. FCPS’s current Teacher of the Year is Scott Strait of Brunswick Middle School.