Michael V. Williams is head of the social-studies department at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring. ( Montgomery County Public Schools/ )

Montgomery County’s Teacher of the Year has been tapped as one of seven finalists for statewide honors.

Michael Williams, head of the social-studies department at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring and a co-founder of the school district’s Minority Scholars Program, is in the running for 2016-2017 Maryland Teacher of the Year.

The other finalists are Katrina Griffin of Anne Arundel County, Athanasia Kyriakakos of Baltimore City, Donna Miller of Calvert County, Anne Highfield of Cecil County, Tamara Forte of Queen Anne’s County and Christy Briggs of Wicomico County.

The seven educators were selected from a group of 24 — one from each of the Maryland’s school systems — by judges representing principals, teachers, school boards, teacher unions, parents and higher education.

The winner will be named during an Oct. 7 gala in Baltimore.

Maryland’s top teacher competes for honors as National Teacher of the Year. Since 2006, three Maryland winners have won the national title, state officials say.