KCPS salutes outstanding teachers and staff

ROCK HALL — Earlier this month, Kent County Public Schools highlighted the work of 14 teachers and staff as part of its annual awards program.

Each school celebrated its Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year on Friday, March 1 with surprise presentations of balloons and flowers.

Special recognition also was given this month to the three nominees for the annual Promising Educator Award.

An awards ceremony will be held Wednesday night, April 10 to announce the countywide Teacher of the Year, Support Employee of the Year and Promising Educator Award winner.

Listed by school, the honorees are:

Galena Elementary School: Brooke Joyner, Teacher of the Year; Lisa Darley, Support Employee of the Year; and Jasmine Johnson, Promising Educator.

H.H. Garnet Elementary School: Cathy Smith, Teacher of the Year; and Ann Kerr, Support Employee of the Year.

Rock Hall Elementary School: Emmie Nickerson, Teacher of the Year; and Jessica Jacobs, Support Employee of the Year.

Kent County Middle School: Kaitlyn Wright, Teacher of the Year; and Tyray Johnson, Support Employee of the Year.

Kent County High School: Julie Anderson, Teacher of the Year; LaToya Johnson, Support Employee of the Year; Michelle Phillips, Promising Educator; and Kalyn Stout, Promising Educator.

Central Office: Kreigh Kirby, Support Employee of the Year.

Superintendent Karen Couch publicly announced the honorees at the March 11 Board of Education meeting.

“Congratulations to all the honorees. We appreciate all the work that you do,” said board President Joe Goetz.

Whoever is named the Kent County Public Schools Teacher of the Year on April 10 will then join a cohort of winners from the state’s 23 other school systems in vying to become the Maryland Teacher of the Year.

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