The Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Washington County Public Schools, proudly declares Sally Irwin of Washington County Technical High School as 2015's Teacher of the Year!
Irwin will go on to represent Washington County in the Maryland State Teacher of the Year awards program. The State winner is then entered in the competition for National Teacher of the Year, an esteemed position. The National Teacher leaves the classroom and spends the year as a teacher ambassador, speaking nationally and internationally.
Sally has taught for 11 years in Washington County. She has been a Teacher of the Year finalist four consecutive years and has received nominations the past six years. Sally’s program was selected to showcase student projects at The Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus on Capitol Hill in February 2015. The program was also nominated for the 2014 American School Board Journal Magna Award and received honors from the Maryland State Department of Education for Outstanding Career and Technology Program in 2011. She is a frequent guest speaker at elementary and middle school STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) nights and has been part of biomedical science presentations at the federal, state and university level. Aside from activities in her field, Sally was a member of the North Hagerstown High School athletic boosters from 2009 – 2013. Sally says, “My greatest hope is to not only teach my students the demanding curriculum but to inspire them to become lifelong learners who are eager and prepared to embrace the next challenges in their lives.”