The Washington Post announces the 2021 Teacher and Principal of the Year Award winners and finalists

Denise Lancaster of Howard County was named Principal of the Year and Philip Arnold of Frederick County was named Teacher of the Year.
  • Apr 26

About The Washington Post Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards

The Washington Post Teacher and Principal of the Year Awards has long honored the best educators in the Washington region.
  • Jan 22, 2012

The Washington Post Principal of the Year Award

The Washington Post Principal of the Year Award seeks to recognize those principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. In presenting this award, The Washington Post hopes to encourage excellence in school leadership and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.
  • Sep 18, 2014

The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award

The Washington Post established the Teacher of the Year Award to recognize teachers who exemplify excellence in their profession. The goals of The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award has always been to recognize excellence in teaching, to encourage creative and quality instruction and to contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education in the Washington metropolitan area.
  • Oct 17, 2015

2020-21 External Program Timeline

10/19 Call for nominations. Materials shared with jurisdictions and files posted online.

1/25 Deadline for nomination sheets and packets.

03/08 The Washington Post to select and notify the winning Principal and Teacher. All winners and finalists, including individual jurisdiction finalists, should remain under embargo until mid-April 2021.

*04/19 Promotion activities begin. Winner features posted online on washingtonpost.com.

*04/20 The Washington Post feature appears in print

*Timeline subject to change based on shifting editorial deadlines; jurisdictions will be notified if there are any deviations from the above timeline.

Washington Post Principal of the Year Awards Archive

The Washington Post Principal of the Year Award seeks to recognize those principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment.

Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards Archive

The Washington Post annually honors the region’s best principals with the Distinguished Educational Leadership Awards, recognizing those who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. Winners are invited to attend an expenses-paid four-day leadership seminar. Each local school district selects its own winners from a list of internal nominees. Some districts don’t have an honoree every year. Here are this year’s award winners.

Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards Archive

The Washington Post has honored teaching excellence in the Washington region for three decades, with more than 500 teachers winning the Agnes Meyer award for their work in the classroom, creativity and contribution to the improvement of education. The awards are named for Agnes Meyer, wife of Eugene Meyer, who purchased The Post in 1933. She was a staunch supporter and defender of public education and believed in the motto that still guides the awards: “Quality education is essential to the well-being of our society, and good teachers are the foundation of our educational system.” Each local school district selects its own winners from a list of internal nominees. Teachers must work full time in pre-K through 12th grade and meet other eligibility criteria, including instilling in students a desire to learn and achieve. Some districts don’t have an honoree every year. Here are this year’s award winners.