Three Montgomery educators have been named as finalists for the county’s 2015–2016 Teacher of the Year award.
At the high school level, the finalist is Joseph Gannon Jr., a Damascus High social studies teacher credited with starting the school’s economics and AP world history programs. Gannon, whose career in Montgomery goes back to 1988, also has sponsored the girls’ golf team and the debate team, and has organized 14 student trips abroad.
At the middle school level, the finalist is Jill Raspen, a sixth-grade English teacher at Ridgeview Middle in Gaithersburg cited for teaching other educators about Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. Raspen, who started in Montgomery in 2007, also encouraged changes that led to better results on MAP-R tests and a larger share of students making the honor roll.
At the elementary school level, the finalist is Josephine Luster, a fifth-grade teacher at the highly gifted center at Chevy Chase Elementary School. A Montgomery teacher since 2006, she is involved in after-school programs, an arts effort, the homework and cheerleading clubs, and teacher mentoring.
The three educators became finalists as a result of their selection for the Veteran Teacher Award given by the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund.
The Greenblatt Education Fund also honored Ginger Berry, a math teacher at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring as the 2015 Rising Star Teacher of the Year, an award given to a first- or second-year teacher whose creativity and enthusiasm spurs students to achieve more.
The winner of the MCPS Teacher of the Year award will be named April 21 as part of the annual Champions for Children Awards Celebration hosted by the Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education.