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2018 Teacher of the Year Finalists
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Amanda Roberts

Harford Technical High School

Ms. Amanda Roberts graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors College at Towson University in 2008 with a major in Social Studies and Secondary Education and a minor in French. She also earned a master’s degree from Towson University in Educational Leadership. Ms. Roberts has taught for HCPS for 10 years at Edgewood Middle School and Harford Technical High School. For the past eight years, she has served as an active board member of the Maryland Council for Social Studies, including in the position of president. In 2015, she won Maryland Social Studies Teacher of the Year.
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Nicole Shank

Ring Factory Elementary School

Mrs. Nicole Shank is currently in her sixth year of teaching elementary education at Ring Factory Elementary School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Towson University in 2012, and went on to earn a master’s degree in STEM education in 2015. Mrs. Shank currently serves as school science facilitator and a member of the School Improvement Team. At the county level, she is a writer for the Next Generation Science Standards curriculum and a facilitator for professional development to enhance science instruction. Mrs. Shank was selected as the Maryland teacher for the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in 2015.
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Deanna Smith

Bel Air High School

Mrs. Deanna Smith is currently in her ninth year of teaching business, having served the last five years at Bel Air High School. She was also a corporate trainer at Harford Community College. Mrs. Smith received a degree in Business Education from Shepherd University and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. At Bel Air High School, Deanna has taught Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Introduction to Marketing, and Advanced Marketing. She is the proud advisor for the school’s National Business Honor Society, DECA Club, and Peer Assistance and Wellness Support group.
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Paula Stanton

Bel Air High School

Dr. Paula Stanton is a 24-year veteran teacher, including eight years in Harford County. She has enjoyed teaching middle and high school students in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Dr. Stanton earned a bachelor’s in English and Secondary Education from Howard University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Education at Walden University in 2017. She is the English Department Chairperson at Bel Air High School and ninth grade English teacher at the Center for Educational Opportunity. Dr. Stanton serves on the Bel Air High School Unity Committee and the Harford County Public Schools Novel Review Committee.
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Dawn Stone

North Bend Elementary School

3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Dawn Stone, a fine arts educator at North Bend Elementary School, provides students with art experiences that include history, culture, writing and math. She has initiated, developed, and directed several brand new programs, including a multifaceted arts club allowing students to excel in acting, music, design and dance, as well as a schoolwide technology program designed from scratch within the itsLearning platform. She is a member of the School Improvement Team and the county arts committee. Mrs. Stone holds two bachelor’s degrees in Mass Communications and Art Education and is working on her masters in Instructional Technology.