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Cecil County Public Schools announced the 16 nominees for the 2019 Cecil County Teacher of the Year. The nominees will be recognized and a winner will be announced at a gala on April 2.

ELKTON — Principals, parents and colleagues nominated 16 educators for Cecil County’s annual Teacher of the Year honor.

The nominees will be recognized and the winner will be announced at the 2019 Cecil County Teacher of the Year gala starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Singerly Fire Hall, located at 300 Newark Ave. in Elkton. The winner will then go on to participate in the 2019 Maryland Teacher of the Year process.

This year’s nominees include Jennifer Barry, of Elkton Middle; Sarah Bitel, of Perryville High; Morgan Cooper, of Perryville Middle; Tahiya Cooper, of North East Elementary; Catherine Edgecomb, of Perryville Elementary; Sara Evans, of Rising Sun Elementary; Stephanie Hartman, of Elk Neck Elementary; Amy Holmes, of Bainbridge Elementary; Afton Kreush, of Bohemia Manor Middle; Shanea Mifflin, of Elkton High; Tabitha Orner, of Bay View Elementary; Josie Perry, of Rising Sun High; Wendy Reyes, of Holly Hall Elementary; David Rhoades, of Elkton Middle; Lia Smith, of Thomson Estates Elementary; and Kelly Strawbridge, of Gilpin Manor Elementary.

In his monthly newsletter, CCPS Superintendent Jeff Lawson expressed his pride in the teachers who were nominated for the award.

“This is an exciting evening where we recognize all of the nominees during an event that truly celebrates the teaching profession,” Lawson said.

Since 2008, seven Cecil County Teachers of the Year have gone on to become finalists for the Maryland Teacher of the Year. Rhonda Asplen was named Maryland Teacher of the Year in 2013 and was a finalist for the national award.

Last year’s CCPS Teacher of the Year was Staci Lamb, of Elkton High School.

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