FCPS Finalists for Washington Post Educators of the Year

The Washington Post Educator of the Year Awards recognize educators who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional learning environment for students. The FCPS Washington Post Teacher of the Year finalist is the first runner up from Teacher of the Year Award program. Our Washington Post Principal of the Year finalist was nominated and then chosen by a selection committee.

Here are our finalists and nominees:

Washington Post Teacher of the Year Finalist - West Frederick Middle’s Donna Karajeh is a Language Arts teacher at the school. Prior to joining West Frederick Middle this school year, she served five years as a 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at Middletown Middle. She was the school’s equity representative and an active School Improvement Plan (SIP) member. Karajeh earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Middle Childhood Education at Cleveland State University and a master’s of science in Educational Leadership from Hood College. For more information on her nomination: https://www.fcps.org/centraloffice/recipients-wapo-toy

Washington Post Principal of the Year Finalist – Middletown High’s Bernie Quesada has served the school for over two years now. From 2010 to 2019, he was the principal at Catoctin High. He’s a graduate of West Virginia University where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Secondary Education. Later he received a master’s degree in Leadership and Administration from McDaniel College. Before becoming an assistant principal, Quesada taught English for seven years for FCPS. For more information: https://www.fcps.org/centraloffice/recipients-wapo

The other Principal of the Year nominees are: David Franceschina, Frederick High; Kate Krietz, Blended Virtual Program; Troy Barnes, Monocacy Elementary and Karl Williams, Thurmont Elementary.

The Washington Post will announce one regional winner for Principal of the Year and one regional winner for the Teacher of the Year in April of 2022. The awardees will receive a signature trophy and a $7,500 monetary award as well as a ½ page feature spot in the Washington Post Newspaper.

Donna Karajeh

2022 FCPS Washington Post Teacher of the Year Finalist: Donna Karajeh, Teacher, West Frederick Middle School

Bernard Quesada

2022 FCPS Washington Post Principal of the Year Finalist: Bernard Quesada, Principal, Middletown High School