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The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award

The prestigious Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to one teacher from each Washington metropolitan area school district by The Washington Post Educational Foundation.

2018 Nominee


  WaPo TOY Nominee 2018



Kenneth Smith, an Social Studies teacher at Montgomery Blair High School, has been named the 2018-2019 MCPS nomination for the The Washington Post Teacher of the Year.

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Nominations for the 2019 Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award will be accepted October 18, 2018, through January 4, 2019.  

  The Washington Post timeline is as follows:

  • TBD: The Washington Post to select and notify the winning teacher. Information remains under embargo until official announcement by Washington Post.
  • TBD:  Washington Post's promotional activities begin. The winners and finalists are featured online at
  • TBD:  Washington Post's profile of the winning teacher appears in print.    


About the Award 

One teacher from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is selected to receive this recognition from The Washington Post. Goals of the program are to recognize excellence in teaching, encourage creative and quality instruction, and contribute in a substantive way to improving education in the Washington metropolitan area. 

What Does the Teacher of the Year Receive?

The teacher of the year earns tremendous respect as the Washington area's best teacher.  The winning finalist will receive:

  • a signature trophy
  • $7,500 monetary award
  • a feature spot in a 1/2 page ad that runs in The Washington Post newspaper
  • a profile in The Washington Post and on

All other finalists will receive a certificate of appreciation from The Washington Post.

The winner will be notified by The Washington Post in March 2019.

About the Nominee

Who Can Be Nominated?
Nominees must be full-time certified regular or special education teachers of prekindergarten through Grade 12. The award is intended for teachers who work directly with students in their classrooms on a daily basis or with their assigned caseloads. Teachers must have a minimum of five years teaching experience, three of which must be in MCPS.

Who Can Nominate a Teacher?
Nominations may come from teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators, or the general public. Teachers may not nominate themselves; however, teachers being nominated will be required to assist in preparing the nomination packet.

How to Submit a Nomination

How is a Nomination Submitted?
Each nominee must submit a nomination packet. (NOTE: Nomination packets will not be returned.)

Where & When to Submit

Nomination Deadline
All nomination packet requirements must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Submission Address
Pamela Rumer
Montgomery County Public Schools
Office of Human Resources and Development
WaPo Teacher of the Year Award
45 West Gude Drive, Suite 2100
Rockville, Maryland 20850

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