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The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award

The prestigious Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to one teacher from each Washington metropolitan area school district by The Washington Post Educational Foundation.

2023 MCPS Nominee


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.



Submission process 2024

About the Award 

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.


About the Nominee

The nominee:

 Is a current full-time prekindergarten through Grade 12 teacher in MCPS.
 Has at least five full years of teaching experience, including three or more years in MCPS.
 Must maintain MCPS teaching position throughout the 2024-2025 school year.
 Is not 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 staff, students, former students, parents, administrators or the general public.  Teachers may not nominate themselves. Nominators should work with the nominee, the school staff and community members to create a strong application package.


Nomination Submission

Nomination Deadline

All nomination packets 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 packets must be emailed to Sandra Karis, in the Office of Human Resources and Development at subject line: Washington Post Teacher of the Year.

NOMINATION PACKET: Washington Post Teacher of the Year 2024


If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) at 240-740-7012.