Celebrating educators who help students turn the page
On April 22, Catonsville High School teacher Melanie Coates was awarded the 2017 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?Nominations are submitted using the 2018 Sarbanes Award Nomination Form. Nominations must be completed and submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018.
Congratulations to all of our Sarbanes Award recipients:
|Year||Sarbanes Award Winner||Winner’s School|
|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|