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rising star teacher AWARD

MCPS Rising Star Teacher 2024


Danielle Gover , Westland Middle School

Less than two years on the job, Danielle Gover, choral teacher at Westland Middle School, is this year’s Rising Star Teacher of the Year.


About the Award

The Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Rising Star Teacher Award honors a full-time prekindergarten/Head Start through Grade 12 teacher who is in their first, second or third year of teaching.  The Rising Star award winner is a teacher who demonstrates a passion for the success of all students, creatively engages students in learning and contributes to a strong, positive partnership among students, staff, parents and the community.  The winner will be recognized at a celebration in the spring and will receive a monetary award.

About the Nominee

The nominee:

 Is a current full-time prekindergarten through Grade 12 teacher in MCPS.
 Is currently in their first, second or third year of teaching.
 Is not a previous recipient of this award. (Previous nominees who did not win may be re-nominated.).

Who Can Nominate a Teacher?
Nominations may be submitted by staff, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public. Teachers may not nominate themselves. Nominees may be asked to contribute to the development of the nomination packet. Nominators should work with school and community members to create a strong application package.

Winner Selection and Announcement - A panel appointed by the chief of Human Resources and Development will select the recipient.

Nomination Submission


Nominations must be supported by at least one of the following: a student; a staff member, a parent/guardian, or community member. 

Nomination Deadline

Nomination materials for the MCPS Rising Star Teacher Award must be received by midnight, Friday, December 22, 2023. Only complete packets will be considered. Nomination packets received after the deadline will not be considered.

How to Submit
Nomination materials must be submitted via email to Sandra Karis, administrative services manager, Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) at Subject line: MCPS Rising Star Teacher Award.

NOMINATION PACKET: MCPS Rising Star Teacher Award 2024


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) at 240-740-7012.