March 27, 2023
Annapolis, US 59 F

Six Finalists Named for Teacher of the Year!

Two elementary, two middle school, and two high school educators make up the field of six finalists for 2023 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Bedell, members of the Board of Education, and Mark Hoffmann, president of the Education Foundation of Anne Arundel County Public Schools surprised the finalists at their schools today to announce the news. 

The finalists and the subjects they teach are:

  • Nea Baker, Spanish, Lindale Middle School
  • Ian Burns, instrumental music, Arundel High School
  • Mary Kay Connerton, physical education/health, Annapolis High School
  • Alexis Cutler, second grade, Tyler Heights Elementary School
  • Courtney Kenney, physical education, South Shore Elementary School
  • Christine Colli McCallister, science, Magothy River Middle School

The following teachers were named finalists for Anne Arundel County Independent Schools Teacher of the Year:

  • Pamela Hernick, Social Studies Teacher at St. Mary’s High
  • Coral Shreve, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran

The Teacher of the Year finalists will be among 44 Anne Arundel County teachers to be honored at the 37th Annual Excellence in Education Awards Event on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Live! Arundel Mills.

The following Teacher of the Year nominees will also be honored at the event (asterisk denotes semifinalist):

  • Tracy A. Barnes-Larkins, Meade Middle School
  • Alexa Bashaw, Marley Middle School
  • Adam Bellarin, Old Mill Middle School North
  • Caitlin Berman, Brooklyn Park Middle School
  • Devon Y. Caton, Bates Middle School
  • Angie Coulston, Southern Middle School
  • Erin Few, Crofton High School*
  • Tricia Fisher, Broadneck Elementary School
  • Annalee L. Garland, St. Martin’s Lutheran School of Annapolis
  • Margaret Garcia, Rippling Woods Elementary School
  • Emily Grey, North Glen Elementary School
  • Michael Hall, Old Mill Middle School South
  • Anne Kee, Crofton Middle School
  • Aaron R. Kleffman, Arundel Middle School
  • Lindsey Klunk, Crofton Elementary School
  • Ashley Lacey, Edgewater Elementary School
  • Kjeld Lauritzen, Old Mill High School
  • Crystal Loetz, Broadneck High School
  • Lindsey MacQuilliam, Folger McKinsey Elementary School
  • Angela Mangum, North County High School
  • Patricia Mauro, Severn River Middle School
  • Whitney McCann, George Cromwell Elementary School*
  • Michelle McCarty, Center of Applied Technology – North*
  • Kellie Metter, Tracey’s Elementary School
  • Lisa Moylan, Annapolis Elementary School
  • Kathy M. Murphy, Ferndale Early Education Center
  • Christina O’Shaughnessy, Corkran Middle School
  • Brad Ogle, Germantown Elementary School
  • Tricia Page, Hilltop Elementary School
  • Jennifer Richards, Jacobsville Elementary School*
  • Dyan Rosdail, Arnold Elementary School
  • Zachary Stone, Pershing Hill Elementary School
  • Allison Waite, Davidsonville Elementary School
  • Beth Wilson, St. Mary’s Elementary School
  • John Zelezen, South River High School
  • Kayla Zipp, Brooklyn Park Elementary School

AACPS has had two recent Maryland Teacher of the Year winners, Teresa Beilstein of South Shore Elementary School (2020) and Josh Carroll of South River High School (2018). AACPS Teachers of the Year, including 2022 honoree Charles Whittaker of the Center of Applied Technology – North, have also been finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year in seven of the last eight years.

Businesses and organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 Excellence in Education Awards celebration can contact Carol Ann McCurdy at 410-222-5829 for more information.

Tickets and sponsorships are available online at or by texting EiE2023 to 76278.

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