Congratulations to the Maryland winners of the 2012 Washington Post Agnes Meyer award. The recognition goes to about 20 teachers each year who are nominated by their local school districts for their initiative, creativity and professionalism.
I got to meet some of these teachers at an award ceremony last night at The Washington Post.
Carrie Vieira, an English and theater teacher at Rockville High School and the Montgomery County award winner, spoke on behalf of all the awardees.
“Teaching is hard work. It brings you to your limits and sometimes beyond. We are here because we love what we do; because we live for it,” she said.
A little WaPo history — The award is named for the wife of Eugene Meyer, who bought The Washington Post at a bankruptcy auction in 1933. Agnes Meyer was an ardent public education advocate and philanthropist who lobbied for the desegregation and federal funding of public schools.
(Photos provided by award winners)
The winners are:
David Bradshaw, physical education and health teacher at Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret, Md.
Charles County Public Schools
Elizabeth Dyson, a biology and physical education teacher at Great Mills High School in Leonardtown, Md.
St. Mary’s County Public Schools
Walter Harley, chairman and director of bands and orchestra at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Md.
Prince George’s County Public Schools
Sarah Jester, choral director and department chair at Northeast High School in Pasadena, Md.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Jon VanDeventer, Geometry and engineering teacher at Patuxent High School in Lusby, Md
Calvert County Public Schools
Carrie Vieira, English and theater teacher at Rockville High School in Rockville, Md.
Montgomery County Public Schools
Deborah Winkles, a visual arts teacher at Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Md.
Frederick County Public Schools
Lisa Young, gifted and talented resource teacher at Atholton Elementary School in Columbia, Md.
Howard County Public Schools