Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award
Each year, the Washington Post recognizes teachers who exemplify excellence in their profession. In addition to recognizing excellence in teaching, the goal of the Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award has also been to has been to contribute to improvements in education in the Washington Metropolitan area.
The winning finalist will receive a signature trophy, a $7,500 monetary award, a feature spot in a ½ page ad that runs in The Washington Post newspaper, a profile in The Washington Post and on washingtonpost.com. All other finalists will receive a certificate of appreciation from The Washington Post.
Lydia Kowalski, Literacy Specialist at Tuscarora High School, is Frederick County's finalist for the 2020-2021 Washington Post Teacher of the Year award.
The Frederick County Teacher of the Year runner-up is our nominee for the Washington Post Teacher of the Year award.
Nominees must be teachers who:
• Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve.
• Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem.
• Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students.
• Foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community.
• Demonstrate outstanding leadership.
• Maintain their teaching position throughout the 2020-21 school year.
Nomination packets must contain all of the following:
• A description of contributions for each of the nomination criteria of approximately 400 words.
• 4-5 statements of support, one of which must be by a professional educator.
• A résumé.
• A 200-word biography, written to highlight the specific award for which the awardee was nominated.
• One vertical color photograph. Headshot only. The image must be a JPG file, and at least 2 MB.