The Washington Post today recognized Ryan Tauriainen, principal of AppleTree Institute for Early Childhood Development of D.C. Public Charter Schools, as the recipient of the 2016 Principal of the Year Award and Shalonda Holt, biology teacher for Centennial High School of Howard County Public Schools, as the recipient of the 2016 Teacher of the Year Award. As a leading Washington area educator, the winners will receive a $7,500 monetary award, profile in Washington Post Magazine, feature spot in a ½ page Washington Post ad and signature trophy.

Among the award winners are more than 30 finalist principals and teachers. The standout educators were chosen by their school systems for their exceptional work and unwavering commitment to students in the Washington area.

2016 Principal of the Year Finalists

Kathy Richard Andrews (Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College, Prince George’s County); Colin Brown (McKinley Elementary School, Arlington County); Ingrid Bynum (Patrick Henry Elementary School, Alexandria); Kathy Campagnoli (Frederick High School, Frederick County); Toni Chapman (St. Leonard Elementary School, Calvert County); Audrey Ellis (Piney Point Elementary School, St. Mary’s County); Kim Jackson (Seaton Elementary School, D.C. Public Schools); Cher Jones (Bonnie Branch Middle School, Howard County); Sonia Jones (Mattawoman Middle School, Charles County); Justine Klena (Herndon Middle School, Fairfax County); Michael Lint (New Dominion Alternative Center, Prince William County); Peter Moran (Glenallan Elementary School, Montgomery County); Robert Palermo (Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Falls Church); Michael Pellegrino (Evergreen Mill Elementary, Loudoun County); William Raybold (Conway Elementary School, Stafford County); John Yore (Meade Senior High School, Anne Arundel County)

2016 Teacher of the Year Finalists

Carol Bak (Chesapeake High School, Anne Arundel County); Kevin Barry (La Plata High School, Charles County); Patricia Breland (Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School, Stafford County); Jennifer Burgin (Oakridge Elementary School, Arlington County); John Cavanaugh (The Congressional Schools of Virginia, Falls Church private school); Kathleen Dail (New Directions Alternative Center, Prince William County); Molly Freitag (T.C. Williams High School, Alexandria); Lori Grebner (Manassas Park Elementary School, Manassas Park); Amy Havaich (C.M. Bradley Elementary School, Fauquier County); Janna Huynh (D.C. Scholars Public Charter School, D.C. Public Charter Schools); Kelly McConville (Kemptown Elementary School, Frederick County); William Moulden (Samuel Ogle Middle School, Prince George’s County); David Redden (Calvert High School, Calvert County); Kimberly Skufca (Shady Grove Middle School, Montgomery County); Corey Thornblad (Kilmer Middle School, Fairfax County); Emily Thulier (Bruce-Monroe Elementary School at Park View, D.C. Public Schools); John Tuck (Rolling Ridge Elementary School, Loudoun County); Heather Van Gorder (Mount Daniel School, Falls Church); April Wathen (George Washington Carver Elementary School, St. Mary’s County); Sarah Weaver (Osbourn High School, Manassas)

The Principal of the Year Award, formerly known as the Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards, was established in 1987 and seeks to honor the principal who goes beyond the daily responsibilities of their position to create an exceptional educational environment through dedicated leadership.  Since 1983, the Teacher of the Year Award, formerly known as the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards, recognized a pre-kindergarten-12th grade teacher who ensures students receive a high-quality education through first-class and creative instruction.

In presenting these awards, The Washington Post aims to encourage excellence in school leadership and to contribute to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.

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