Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teacher Award


Teacher's Name: Courtney Waters

School: Kemptown Elementary School

Subject Taught: First grade

Nominated By: Kemptown Elementary parent Jill Wade co-chaired the school's awards committee and completed the award nomination.

Wade commended Waters for “tireless commitment to her students’ emotional health and educational rigor” and her work in a Writers Lunch Club, in which “what was once an irksome task wrought with frustration became a confidence building enterprise, wherein the students’ esteem and skill grew in equal measure.” Wade also highlighted the activities that Waters engages in to build relationships with students, sending them postcards before the school year starts, attending their extracurricular events and continuing to write to them after the school year ends to share her summer fun and ask about theirs.

Past Winners

2019 Allyson Golightly
2018 Rhonda Lambert
2017 Philip Arnold
2016 Michael Franklin
2015 Tony Miller
2014 Mary Tielking
2013  Marlon Moran, Urbana High
2012  Stephen Nikirk, Valley Elementary
2011  Andrea Trio, Spring Ridge Elementary
2010  Therese Wiltrout, Linganore High
2009  Stephanie Weigelt, Urbana High
2008  Adele Durelli, Valley Elementary
2007  Jack Mehl, Brunswick High
2006  Lisa Bankert, Glade Elementary
2005  Tim Leber, Middletown High
2004  Tina Vogtman, Brunswick Middle
2003  Susan Watson, New Market Elementary
2002  Ronald Albaugh, Middletown High
2000  Mary Christine Hershey, Middletown High
1999  Charlet Y. Remus, Gov. Thomas Johnson High
1998  Kathleen B. House, Frederick High
1997  Terri Zigler, Emmitsburg Elementary