Linthicum Area Middle School Teacher Named One of Six County Teacher of the Year Finalists

A Linthicum area middle school teacher has been named one of the six teacher of the year finalists, the school system announced today. 

Two elementary, two middle school, and two high school educators make up the field of six finalists for 2023 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Bedell, members of the Board of Education, and Mark Hoffmann, president of the Education Foundation of Anne Arundel County Public Schools surprised the finalists at their schools today to announce the news. 

The finalists and the subjects they teach are:

Nea Baker, Spanish, Lindale Middle School (shown above)
Ian Burns, instrumental music, Arundel High School
Mary Kay Connerton, physical education/health, Annapolis High School
Alexis Cutler, second grade, Tyler Heights Elementary School
Courtney Kenney, physical education, South Shore Elementary School
Christine Colli McCallister, science, Magothy River Middle School
The following teachers were named finalists for Anne Arundel County Independent Schools Teacher of the Year:

Pamela Hernick, Social Studies Teacher at St. Mary’s High
Coral Shreve, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran
The Teacher of the Year finalists will be among 44 Anne Arundel County teachers to be honored at the 37th Annual Excellence in Education Awards Event on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Live! Arundel Mills.

The following Teacher of the Year nominees will also be honored at the event (asterisk denotes semifinalist):

Tracy A. Barnes-Larkins, Meade Middle School
Alexa Bashaw, Marley Middle School
Adam Bellarin, Old Mill Middle School North
Caitlin Berman, Brooklyn Park Middle School
Devon Y. Caton, Bates Middle School
Angie Coulston, Southern Middle School
Erin Few, Crofton High School*
Tricia Fisher, Broadneck Elementary School
Annalee L. Garland, St. Martin’s Lutheran School of Annapolis
Margaret Garcia, Rippling Woods Elementary School
Emily Grey, North Glen Elementary School
Michael Hall, Old Mill Middle School South
Anne Kee, Crofton Middle School
Aaron R. Kleffman, Arundel Middle School
Lindsey Klunk, Crofton Elementary School
Ashley Lacey, Edgewater Elementary School
Kjeld Lauritzen, Old Mill High School
Crystal Loetz, Broadneck High School
Lindsey MacQuilliam, Folger McKinsey Elementary School
Angela Mangum, North County High School
Patricia Mauro, Severn River Middle School
Whitney McCann, George Cromwell Elementary School*
Michelle McCarty, Center of Applied Technology – North*
Kellie Metter, Tracey’s Elementary School
Lisa Moylan, Annapolis Elementary School
Kathy M. Murphy, Ferndale Early Education Center
Christina O’Shaughnessy, Corkran Middle School
Brad Ogle, Germantown Elementary School
Tricia Page, Hilltop Elementary School
Jennifer Richards, Jacobsville Elementary School*
Dyan Rosdail, Arnold Elementary School
Zachary Stone, Pershing Hill Elementary School
Allison Waite, Davidsonville Elementary School
Beth Wilson, St. Mary’s Elementary School
John Zelezen, South River High School
Kayla Zipp, Brooklyn Park Elementary School
AACPS has had two recent Maryland Teacher of the Year winners, Teresa Beilstein of South Shore Elementary School (2020) and Josh Carroll of South River High School (2018). AACPS Teachers of the Year, including 2022 honoree Charles Whittaker of the Center of Applied Technology – North, have also been finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year in seven of the last eight years.

Businesses and organizations interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2023 Excellence in Education Awards celebration can contact Carol Ann McCurdy at 410-222-5829 for more information.

Tickets and sponsorships are available online at or by texting EiE2023 to 76278.