Quality education is essential to the well-being of our society, and good teachers are the foundation of our educational system. Since 1983, The Washington Post has been recognizing teachers who exemplify excellence in their profession. The Teacher of the Year Award aims to celebrate educators who go the extra mile for their students and demonstrate creativity in providing quality instruction that substantively improves the way children learn in classrooms across the Washington metropolitan area.
Mr. Charles A. Orifici, Clarksburg High School
Charles A. Orifici, Instrumental Music teacher at Clarksburg High School, was nominated for this year’s Washington Post Teacher of the Year.
The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a full-time teacher in prekindergarten through Grade 12 who instills in students a desire to learn and achieve. Each nominee must have a minimum of five years teaching experience, three of which must be in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). This teacher must also understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents, and foster their self-esteem. The teacher must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the subject matter and possess the ability to share it effectively with all students. Additionally, the nominee fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues and the community while demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities.
In order to be eligible, nominees must:
be a full-time prekindergarten through Grade 12 teacher in MCPS.
have a minimum of five full years' teaching experience, including three or more years in MCPS.
maintain a MCPS teaching position throughout the 2023-2024 school year.
not be a previous recipient of this award. (Previous nominees who did not win may be re-nominated.)
Who Can Nominate a Teacher?
Nominations may be submitted by teachers, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public. Teachers may not nominate themselves. Nominees must be teachers who:
1. Inspire Learning: Instill in students a desire to learn and achieve.
2. Encourage Individual Growth: Understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem.
3. Demonstrate Subject Matter Expertise: Showcase a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students.
4. Foster Collaboration: Proactively facilitates cooperative relationships with their colleagues, students, and the community.
5, Lead by Example: Demonstrate outstanding leadership.
Nomination materials for the Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award must be received by midnight, Friday, December 22, 2023. Only complete packets will be considered. Nomination packets received after the deadline will not be considered.
How to Submit
Nomination materials must be submitted via email to Sandra Karis, administrative services manager, Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) at Sandra_J_Karis@mcpsmd.org Subject line: Washington Post Teacher of the Year.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) at 240-740-7012.