On October 25, 2019 The 29th Annual Teacher of the Year gala was a night to remember. The event, held each year at Martin’s West in Baltimore, recognizes the efforts of Maryland’s 24 outstanding County Teachers of the Year and acts as the official announcement for the selection of the Maryland Teacher of the Year.

This year’s winner is Teresa Beilstein, a teacher in Anne Arundel County. Teresa has taught elementary school since 2013 at South Shore Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate school. In her acceptance speech, she described teaching as “the intersection of my passion and purpose.”

The finalists were Teresa Beilstein, Anne Arundel County; Brandi Jason, Carroll County; Jossie Perry, Cecil County; Michael Franklin, Frederick County; Paige Milanoski, Harford County; Madeline Hanington, Montgomery County; Joshua Edwards, Washington County.

A judging panel comprised of educational organizations representing principals, teachers, school boards, teacher unions, and parents picked the finalists based on a number of criteria which included, results, teaching philosophy, and community involvement.

The finalists were selected from a group of 24 local teachers of the year, representing the 24 Maryland school systems.

The 2019-2020 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced during a gala reception and dinner at Martin’s West in Baltimore on October 25, 2019.

The winner will receive cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities, and a new car valued at more than $25,000, donated by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association.

Dr. Richard Warren, Jr., a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) 8th grade teacher at Somerset County’s Crisfield High School and Academy, was the last Maryland Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to Teresa and all of our Maryland Teachers of the Year. We appreciate all you do for our students!