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Prince George’s County names teacher of the year

Sherelle Stagg, a special education teacher at Valley View Elementary School, was named the Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year on Wednesday night during a ceremony to honor some of the county’s top educators.

Stagg, who began her teaching career in 2004 at Forest Heights Elementary School, has been working as a special education and talented and gifted teacher since 2009.

Mrs. Stagg “has the perseverance, initiative and intellectual stimulus necessary to prepare students as global learners and future leaders,” said Jo Ann Spruell, principal of Valley View.

The ceremony was attended by school officials and County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

Much like a true awards’ ceremony, the nominees did not know the winner until the announcement.

Dave Zahren, the master of ceremonies, cleverly noted that a woman had a better chance of winning the top prize, with only “three good men” among the 24 nominees. He said someone with the last name Davis or Jones also had a pretty good shot: Six of the teachers had the surnames. Two of the men graduated from Prince George’s County schools and seven of the teachers taught in elementary school, he said.

“But what you all have in common is a passion to help young people,” Zahren said.

Kantravet Davis, a fifth-grade teacher at Barack Obama Elementary School; Madoylyn Johns, an English teacher at Annapolis Road Academy; and Tamala Stuckey, a sixth-grade teacher at Cool Spring Elementary were finalists for the award.

Stagg will compete in the statewide competition, and the Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced in the fall.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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