Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is accepting nominations for the Washington Post's 2013 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. The annual award honors exemplary teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching and outstanding leadership, encourage creative and quality instruction, and contribute in a substantive way to the improvement of education.

Nominees must be full-time teachers in grades prekindergarten through 12 and have a minimum of five years teaching experience. Three of those years must have been with Charles County Public Schools. Teachers, students, former students, administrators or community members may submit nominations. Teachers may not nominate themselves. Nominees must also maintain their teaching position throughout the 2013-14 school year.

Nomination materials must include a minimum of four statements of support, one of which must be from a professional educator; a career summary; a description of contributions in each of the nomination criteria categories, and two color photographs submitted both on a disc and printed out, and must include a headshot of the nominee and a photo of the nominee in the classroom.

Nominees must be teachers who:

  • instill a desire in students to learn and achieve;
  • understand the individual needs of students, encourage their talents and foster their self-esteem;
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of subject matter and the ability to share it effectively with students;
  • foster cooperative relationships with their colleagues and the community;
  • demonstrate outstanding leadership; and
  • maintain their teaching position throughout the 2013-14 school year.
Charles County's Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award recipient will be one of 21 recognized by the Post from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Nominations packets are due Friday, Jan. 11. Materials should be sent to Jeanette Sudik, Division of Human Resources, Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Md., 20646. Nominations must include the cover page, as well as all required materials listed on the cover page, which is linked to the CCPS website at http://www2.ccboe.com/PDF/recognition/agnesmeyer.pdf.

Award recipients will be recognized and awarded $3,000 at a ceremony in May.

The Post established the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Awards in honor of Agnes Meyer, a supporter of public education who was the wife of Eugene Meyer, who purchased the Post in 1933.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.