Goodwin Is Top Teacher

Eleanor Goodwin, an English teacher at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, has been named the Montgomery County public schools Teacher of the Year.

Goodwin was honored last week at the annual Champions for Children Awards Gala, which recognized outstanding educators and supporters of education in the county.

She will become part of a state network of educators working with the Maryland State Department of Education on policy and program development. Goodwin also will compete for the Maryland Teacher of the Year award.

Goodwin, 51, whose students have averaged a 96 percent passing rate on the AP English literature and composition test over the past three years, was recognized for teaching students not only English, but also how to think, analyze data and become effective problem solvers.

Goodwin, who has 10 years of teaching experience, has taught at Churchill since 1997. She also has worked as an English teacher at Albert Einstein High School. She has been a Student Government Association sponsor, was adviser to the Class of 2000 for three years and now oversees the Cherish Children Club, which recently held a gift drive for Head Start students in Montgomery County.

Others honored last week include:

Phillip Gainous, principal of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring for 20 years. Gainous received the Dr. Edward Shirley Award for Excellence in Educational Administration and Supervision.

S. Thomas Lange, media services technician at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg. Lange was named Supporting Services Employee of the Year by the county association of administrative and supervisory personnel.

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Winston Churchill High School English teacher Eleanor Goodwin.