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Hoyer Honors Fifth District Educators at Annual Luncheon Friday


Steny Hoyer and 15 teachers and principals in the Fifth District at a luncheon in Upper Marlboro today. (Photo: Steny Hoyer) Steny Hoyer and 15 teachers and principals from the Fifth Congressional District at a luncheon in Upper Marlboro today. (Photo: Steny Hoyer)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (May 27, 2016)—Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) hosted a luncheon in Upper Marlboro today to recognize 15 outstanding teachers and principals in the Fifth District. The honorees included the Washington Post's Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year finalists and County Teacher of the Year Award recipients for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, and Prince George's Counties.

The following principals and teachers were honored today:

Anne Arundel County

John Yore, Meade High School, Washington Post Principal of the Year

Carol Bak, Chesapeake High School, Washington Post Teacher of the Year

Katrina Griffin, North County High School, County Teacher of the Year

Calvert County

Toni Chapman, St. Leonard Elementary School, Washington Post Principal of the Year

David Redden, Calvert High School, Washington Post Teacher of the Year

Donna Miller, Windy Hill Middle School, County Teacher of the Year

Charles County

Sonia Jones, Mattawoman Middle School, Washington Post Principal of the Year

Kevin Barry, La Plata High School, Washington Post Teacher of the Year

Jillian Durr, Dr. James Craik Elementary School, County Teacher of the Year

Prince George's County

Kathy Richard Andrews, Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC, Washington Post Principal of the Year

William Moulden, Samuel Ogle Middle School, Washington Post Teacher of the Year

Amanda Espina, Benjamin D. Foulois Academy, County Teacher of the Year

Angela Malone, Oxon Hill Middle School, Milken Educator Award

St. Mary's County

Audrey Ellis, Piney Point Elementary School, Washington Post Principal of the Year

April Wathen, George Washington Carver Elementary School, Washington Post Teacher of the Year

Alison Sayers, Fairlead Academy, County Teacher of the Year

Congressman Hoyer also recognized Monifa McKnight from Ridgeview Middle School in Montgomery County, who was named Principal of the Year in 2015 by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals.

"I was pleased to honor Fifth District educators today and celebrate the work they are doing to provide our students with the tools to succeed," said Congressman Steny Hoyer. "In December, Congress enacted a bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is called the 'Every Student Succeeds Act.' The intent of the law is to improve the system for students, teachers, and administrators while preserving the civil rights legacy of the original ESEA.

"I am now working with my colleagues to ensure that it is fully implemented and fully funded," continued Congressman Hoyer. "I'm proud that the Full-Service Community Schools program, which I have championed through my career, was included in this bill. I have seen first-hand how this wrap-around model works through the 'Judy Centers' here in Maryland, and I look forward to expanding this model nationwide. I am also pleased that this bill includes increased access to pre-school because starting early is the best way to make sure kids are well prepared to succeed. I thank our Fifth District teachers and principals for their commitment to our students and for all that they do as outstanding Maryland educators."

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