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Monarch Global Academy’s Heather Carnaghan named AACPS Teacher of the Year

| April 26, 2018, 05:35 PM

Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School eighth-grade social studies teacher Heather Carnaghan was named the 2017-18 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Carnaghan is the first charter or contract school teacher to win the award and will compete for Maryland State Teacher of the Year.

Carnaghan has 13 years of experience in the classroom. She teaches and writes curriculum for Monarch Global Academy’s eighth-grade Collaborative Student Inquiry, a project-based-learning class unique to the school. She also serves on the school’s leadership team, leads the hiring team and coordinates the school-wide Advancement Via Individual Determination program, designed to help students develop skills for college.

“In each grade level, she has consistently demonstrated her effectiveness as a teacher through her strong example, tireless work ethic, and high expectations for her students, fellow staff members, and herself,” Monarch Global Academy Principal Donna O’Shea wrote in her nomination of Carnaghan.

In her four years at Monarch Global Academy, Carnaghan has taught kindergarten, third grade and eighth grade. Previously, she taught second and fifth grades at Monarch Academy in Glen Burnie. She began her career teaching in a Title I school in Prince George’s County.

Carnaghan is a National Board Certified Teacher. She holds an Administrator I certification from McDaniel College, a master’s degree in teaching reading from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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