Celebrating educators who help students turn the page
On May 12, Salisbury Middle School teacher Tara A. Elliott was awarded the 2018 Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year Award.
Educators are one of our most valuable resources. It’s educators who inspire students to learn, motivate them when they struggle, and celebrate first when they succeed. Simply put, teachers change lives. Sarbanes Awards winners change lives by inspiring their students to love literature.
Every year, Maryland Humanities awards a special prize to a Letters About Literature (LAL) teacher in memory of Christine D. Sarbanes, former Maryland Humanities board member. We honor Christine Sarbanes’ work as an educator by recognizing a teacher who works avidly to promote reading in his or her school.
- Who is eligible for the Sarbanes Award?To be eligible for the Sarbanes Award, Maryland educators must meet the following requirements:
- Teach students who participate in LAL
- Promote reading and writing by employing creative teaching methods
- Who can submit a nomination?Nominations are accepted from principals and colleagues.
- How are nominations submitted?
When the nomination form and deadline for the 2019 Sarbanes Award are available, they will be posted here.
Tara A. Elliott
Winner of the 2018 Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of The Year AwardAs an English and Language Arts teacher at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County, Ms. Elliott works hard to make reading a part of her students' lives. She directs each of her students to find just the right book for their interests and needs.
Congratulations to all of our Sarbanes Award recipients:
|Year||Sarbanes Award Winner||Winner’s School|
|2017||Melanie Coates||Catonsville High School, Baltimore County|
|2016||Diane Curry||River Hill High School, Howard County|
|2015||Kimberly Dyar||Elkton High School, Cecil County|
|2014||Faith Majors||Samuel Ogle Middle School, Prince George’s County|
|2013||Clinton Smith||Parkdale High School, Prince George’s County|
|2012||Aisha Watson||City Neighbors Charter School, Baltimore City|
|2011||Cynthia Barry||St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Day School, Anne Arundel County|
|2010||Cynthia Malek and Kathleen Mikas||Patterson Mill Middle School, Harford County|