TOWSON – Corey Carter, a 6-year educator who teaches science at Old Court Middle School and co-founded the mentoring program in his building, is Baltimore County’s newest Teacher of the Year.
Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance named Carter Baltimore County Teacher of the Year during a ceremony yesterday evening at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson.
“Corey Carter sets a wonderful example of what teaching in Baltimore County looks like,” Dr. Dance said. “He concentrates on the whole child and fosters relationships with each and every student who comes through his door. Not only that, but he gives students the tools and confidence they need to be in charge of their own learning, and places an emphasis on critical thinking.”
As Baltimore County’s latest Teacher of the Year, Carter will represent Team BCPS and compete for the honor of Maryland State Teacher of the Year. He will appear across multiple venues to champion the teaching profession as well as what it means to be an educator in Baltimore County Public Schools.
“Every day, teachers must blend life lessons, content, assessments, feedback, and a sprinkling of high-fives all in pursuit of impacting a young life. But the true impact of educating others is as much about sharing knowledge as it is learning from them,” Carter said. “In fact, teaching has been most rewarding when showing others what they have taught me. My students push me to listen more, celebrate more, and to show them why I love what I do.”
Carter co-founded the My Brother’s Keeper Mentoring Program at Old Court and is the team leader for his grade level. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a Master of Arts in education, secondary science also from UMBC.
In addition to Carter, five other finalists were honored during Wednesday’s ceremony. They are:
- Christian Johnson, Hawthorne Elementary School
- Shannon Johnson, Arbutus Middle School
- Molly LaBricciosa, Pikesville High School
- Meaghan O’Reilly, Mays Chapel Elementary School
- Ryan Twentey, Parkville High School
The Teacher of the Year receives a variety of awards and gifts from the school system, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, and Baltimore County’s business community. The BCPS Teacher and Principal of the Year program thanks the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools and NTA Life for their support. The Education Foundation of Baltimore County would like to thank its partners: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boscov’s, Brick Bodies, Farrell Maddox, Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning, Imagine Easy Solutions, LLC, Jean Blosser, Lakeshore Learning, LEGO Education, Lifetouch, Miss Shirley’s Café, Misti Burmeister, Ocean Pride, Office Depot/Office Max, Padonia Park Club, Richard Patenaude, Santoni’s Marketplace and Catering, Smyth Jewelers, The Carr Advisory Group, and Under Armour.