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Teacher of the Year

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Each year, City Schools celebrates its great teachers with the Teacher of the Year award. Through a competitive process that includes applications, essays, and recommendations followed by interviews and classroom observations of the finalists, the candidate pool is narrowed until the winner is announced by the CEO in a surprise classroom visit.

Meet the 2019 Teacher of the Year!

Kyair Butts is passionate about student achievement and equity in education. In addition to teaching 6th-grade English language arts at Waverly Elementary/Middle School, "Mr. K" coaches the school's debate team, volunteers with students on weekends, and has served as a lead facilitator for both City Schools and Urban Teachers. He holds a master's degree in elementary education and special education from Lesley University and has been recognized as Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Urban Debate League and as Most Valuable Urban Teacher.

Read more about Mr. Butts in this press release.

Additional finalists for the 2019 award

Meghann Harris is dedicated to creating a more diverse and woman-accepting graphic design profession through education. Ms. Harris received both her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and her Master of Art in Teaching from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a member of the leadership team at Baltimore Design School and runs the Graphic Design/Interactive Media Production program, in addition to sponsoring the National Arts Honor Society, with which she started the school’s annual coffeehouse. Ms. Harris speaks about her curriculum across the country and in 2018 was nominated for Maryland Art Educator of the Year.

Rebecca McClure teaches 5th-grade English language arts and gifted and advanced learners at Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School. She infuses service learning into her instruction, coaches debate through the Baltimore Urban Debate League, and co-directs the choir. Outside the classroom, she supports her school's instructional leadership team, serves on the School Family Council and restorative practices team, and represents teachers on the PTO board. Ms. McClure holds GT certification from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a master’s degree and reading specialist certification from Loyola University of Maryland. She has been recognized as her school's teacher of the year, a past semi-finalist for City Schools Teacher of the Year award, and a Maryland State Department of Education Outstanding Educator in GT Education.

Meet Ms. Hall

LaQuisha Hall

2018 Teacher of the year

Meet Mr. Holbrook

Justin Holbrook

2017 Teacher of the year

Past Winners of the Teacher of the Year Award
  • 2018    LaQuisha Hall
    Carver Vocational-Technical High School
  • 2017    Justin Holbrook* 
    Roland Park Elementary/Middle School
  • 2016    Sia Kyriakakos**
    Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School
  • 2015    Ryan Kaiser**
    The Mount Washington School
  • 2014    Elizabeth Barletta
    Barclay Elementary/Middle School
  • 2013     Ketia Stokes*
    Green Street Academy 
  • 2012    Bradley Nornhold
    KIPP Ujima Village Academy
  • 2011    Margaret May
    Mount Washington Elementary School
  • 2010    Brian Rainville
    Maree Garnett Faring Elementary School
  • 2009    Nicholas Greer*
    Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
  • 2008    Kristin Covaleskie
    Northwood Elementary School
  • 2007    Leah Waller
    Maree G. Faring Elementary School
  • 2006    Andrea Jackson
    Northwood Elementary School
  • 2005    Dennis Jutras
    Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
  • 2004    Catherine Gearhart
    Roland Park Elementary/Middle School
  • 2003    Monica Carr
    Liberty Elementary School
  • 2002    Camille Basoco
    Baltimore School for the Arts
  • 2001    Linda Eberhart**
    Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School
  • 2000    Melanie Rasmussen
    The William Baer School

* Maryland State Teacher of the Year Finalist
** Maryland State Teacher of the Year Winner