Montgomery County schools kindergarten teacher Cristina Ulrich is one of seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year.

The district named Ulrich, a teacher at Brookhaven Elementary School, the county’s 2013-14 teacher of the year. Ulrich learned she was a finalist for the state title Tuesday when Superintendent Joshua P. Starr popped into her classroom to give her the news.

The finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year will go through a series of interviews with a panel of judges before the state announces a winner at an Oct. 11 gala.

The rewards for the winner are handsome, including cash, technology, paid travel and a 2014 Kia Forte. The Maryland Automobile Dealers Association donated the new car, valued at more than $25,000, according to the Maryland State Department of Education.

The six other finalists include:

●Carol Garner from Allegany County, an environmental science teacher.

●Jodie Hogan from Anne Arundel County, a high school Spanish and STEM teacher.

●Steven Luthultz from Cecil County, a fifth-grade teacher.

●Sean McComb from Baltimore County, a high school English teacher.

●George McGurl from Howard County, a sixth-grade science teacher.

●Ketia C. Stokes from Baltimore City, a special education teacher.

The Maryland Teacher of the Year will compete for National Teacher of the Year, who will be announced in April.