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Teacher Jane Lindsay of John Poole Middle is named Montgomery’s top educator

Montgomery County named its 2014-2015 teacher of the year Tuesday night: Jane Lindsay, an eighth-grade English and reading teacher at John Poole Middle School in Poolesville.

Lindsay got the news at a Champions for Children celebration hosted by the nonprofit Montgomery County Business Roundtable for Education at the Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown.

Lindsay, who was one of three finalists for the county award, is now up for Maryland teacher of the year. The other finalists were Kathryn Hageman, a fifth-grade teacher at Diamond Elementary School in Gaithersburg, and Aaron Shin, an eighth-grade teacher at Parkland Middle School in Rockville. All three were winners of the Marian Greenblatt Education Fund Veteran Teachers Award.

A Montgomery teacher since 1988, Lindsay has been at Poole Middle for five years and is a department head there. She was previously at Rocky Hill Middle School in Clarksburg and Strawberry Knoll Elementary School in Gaithersburg.

School officials said Lindsay’s colleagues praised her expertise, creative approaches and commitment to making lessons relevant to students, with connections to art, music and film. She has mentored others and helped her school prepare for the new Common Core State Standards in English.

In a written statement, Montgomery Superintendent Joshua P. Starr commended Lindsay’s work.

“Jane Lindsay represents the high-quality employees we have in MCPS, who care deeply about their students and work hard to make sure our children receive a world-class education that prepares them for the future,” he said. “Lindsay is a leader among her peers and is committed to helping her students and colleagues grow and improve.”

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.

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