There’s a new teacher of the year in town. Christina O’Neill, language arts teacher at Bel Air Middle School, was named the 2012-13 Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) Teacher of the Year at the Harford County Teacher of the Year Banquet last night at the Bayou Restaurant in Havre de Grace. Board of Education of Harford County President Dr. Leonard Wheeler, along with Superintendent of Schools Robert M. Tomback, Ph.D., made the announcement during the program that included guests County Executive David R. Craig, members of the Maryland senate and delegation and the county council, as well as school administrators, educators, students, family and friends.
See the image gallery to see all Harford County Teacher of the Year finalists.
“Mrs. O’Neill and all of our finalists represent the high quality teaching and instruction that the students of Harford County are afforded,” said Superintendent Tomback.
“Our teachers are passionate, dedicated and inspirational professionals that set high expectations for our students and help them achieve those goals by making them career and college ready. I am proud of their accomplishments.”
O’Neill has served as a teacher, reading specialist, and literacy leader with Harford County Public Schools since 1994. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1993, Master of Education from Loyola College in 1997, and an administrative certificate from Towson University in 2003.
As the Harford County Teacher of the Year, Mrs. O’Neill will receive free use of a brand new 2012 Kia Forte for one year courtesy of Jones Junction, a Dell laptop computer, a watch from Saxon’s Diamond Centers, a Kindle reader courtesy of Freedom Federal Credit Union, an engraved apple and a plaque; in addition, she will be awarded many dinner and bank gift certificates, local merchant gift cards and $1,200 from HAR-CO Federal Credit Union provided to all five finalists.
Mrs. O’Neill will also compete for the title of Maryland Teacher of the Year to represent teachers across the state as an education spokesperson. The state winner will be announced at the Maryland Teacher of the Year Gala in October.
Congratulations to Harford County Public Schools’ Newest Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Christina O’Neill!
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