Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award

The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award aims to celebrate educators who go the extra mile for their students and demonstrate creativity in providing quality instruction that substantively improves the way children learn in classrooms. 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.
One regional winner will receive 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.


Tiana Haile
Manager, Engagement & Partnerships

Public Affairs Department
191 South East Street
Frederick, MD  21701
(301) 696-6902

Previous Finalist and Winners


The Frederick County Teacher of the Year runner-up is our nominee for the Washington Post Teacher of the Year award.

Nomination Criteria

Nominees must be teachers who:

1. Inspire Learning: Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve.

2. Encourage Individual Growth: Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem.

3. Demonstrate Subject Matter Expertise: Showcase a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students.

4. Foster Collaboration: Proactively facilitates cooperative relationships with colleagues, students and the community.

5. Lead by Example: Demonstrate outstanding leadership.

Nomination packets must contain all of the following:

1. Portrait: One vertical color photograph, headshot only. The image must be a JPG file, and at least 2 MB. Note, this may be used by The Post online and in print if selected as the winner.

2. Nomination Packet submitted as a single PDF including the following materials:

  • Nomination Criteria Summary: A description of contributions in each of the five (5) listed nomination criteria, up to 400 words in each category.
  • References: A maximum of five (5) statements of support, up to 800 words each, one (1) of which must be by a professional educator. Note, if more than 5 statements are received, only the first 5 will be considered for review.
  • Resume: A professional résumé with relevant work history and training.
  • Biography: A 200-word biography written to highlight specific accomplishments for which the awardee was nominated.

The Washington Post will announce the regional winner in April 2024.