South River High School STEM teacher Josh Carroll has been named the 2016-17 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.
Kelly Rampmeyer, who teaches English, reading, and math at The Summit School in Edgewater, was named Independent Schools Teacher of the Year.
Carroll has been teaching in Anne Arundel County Public Schools for 17 years.
“The most important thing I can do to help a student achieve is to help that student understand that they have somebody caring about them, somebody wanting them to be successful,” Carroll said. “That starts with relationships. I am truly blessed to work at South River High School where we have a principal and administrative staff who believe in and value the power of relationships.”
Carroll began his career as an English teacher at Glen Burnie High School and moved to South River in 2006. He coordinated the school’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program for six years before moving to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program. His desire to impact as many students as possible led him into athletic coaching and mentorship. He has also become involved in curriculum writing.
“Josh challenges his students to think critically, to be creative, and to go beyond the obvious, while presenting material in the most interesting and engaging manner,” South River Principal William Myers said in a letter endorsing Carroll’s nomination.
Forty-one educators from public and private schools were recognized during the event. Other finalists for this year’s Public Schools Teacher of the Year honor were: Sally PazyMiño Wilson, a second-grade teacher at Tyler Heights Elementary School; Stacey Scofield, media specialist at Mills-Parole Elementary School; Timothy Smith, physical education teacher at Folger McKinsey Elementary School; and Denise Stephanos, a math teacher at Arundel High School.
Deborah Flynn of St. Mary’s High School was the other finalist for Independent Schools Teacher of the Year.
Carroll will competed for Maryland State Teacher of the Year, which will be announced next fall.