Teacher of the Year
The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with Washington County Public Schools, is proud to recognize men and women who serve in a teaching capacity and who help ensure education excellence in Washington County. Anyone who has observed or benefited from an educator's skill and excellence is encouraged to nominate that individual. Students, parents, community organizations, businesses, colleagues, and administrators should submit nominations.
Nominations for the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year are now being accepted through January 3, 2014. The Nomination Form can be submitted online or download the Nomination Brochure (2 page PDF), complete the requested information, and send to Donna Long, Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., 28 W. Washington Street, Suite 200, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
This year's dinner and recognition, sponsored by the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will be held on April 23, 2014, at Fountain Head Country Club, Hagerstown.
Washington County's 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year
- Ayako Shiga – Boonsboro High School – Japanese teacher. Ayako has more than ten years of teaching experience with nine of those years in Washington County. She participants in the Japanese Global Articulation Project, a global network of Japanese language educators, the Japan Foundation, and University of Virginia Title VI (U.S. Department of Education). Ayako also received the Sakura Grant Award and National Cherry Blossom Parade Grant for the Japan Commerce Association and Japan America Society of Washington, DC. Ayako is active in her community, advising and assisting in preparing and putting together an exhibit on Japan for children at Discovery Station and leading a group of local high school students who were learning Japanese in participating in a fair to promote cultural awareness and diversity. Ayako says, "I find no other job more satisfying and rewarding than leaching languages, because it is my privilege to show students how learning a new language can open the door to a new world."
As part of her prize package, Ayako will enjoy the use of a car for one year courtesy of Hagerstown Ford and Hagerstown Honda/Hagerstown Kia, and represent the county in the State of Maryland's Teacher of the Year program. The Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet was held at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, MD.
Teacher of the Year Partner
The Teacher of the Year awards program is a partnership between the Washington County Public Schools and the Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Questions concerning the program and nomination process should be directed to:
Hagerstown/Washington County Chamber of Commerce
301-739-2015, ext. 101