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Justin Holbrook, M.Ed. ’17, named Baltimore City Public Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year

| By Nick Alexopulos
Justin Holbrook, M.Ed. ’17 (photo courtesy of Baltimore City Public Schools)
Justin Holbrook, M.Ed. ’17 (photo courtesy of Baltimore City Public Schools)

Justin Holbrook, a fourth grade math and science teacher at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School and graduate student in Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education, was named Baltimore City Public Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year. Holbrook will receive his Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Loyola’s 2017 Commencement Exercises on May 20.

“Mr. Holbrook is the kind of teacher and leader who embodies the qualities that all teachers should have,” Sonja Brookins Santelises, Ed.D., CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, said in a press release. “He is a creative and energetic teacher who puts the needs of his students first and works to ensure all students have engaging learning opportunities. He is deeply committed to his profession, to sharing his expertise with colleagues, and to learning from them. City Schools is honored to have him on our team.”

Holbrook was lauded for leading classroom success and fostering a sense of community and optimism that inspires both students and staff.

He has taught at Roland Park since 2010. He is a member of the Maryland Society for Educational Technology and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and he is a member of and contributor to several Twitter-based, professional development associations, including #LeadUpChat, #EdTechAfterDark, and #ECEchat. He founded #BmoreEdchat, a worldwide Twitter-based education chat.

Baltimore City Public Schools selects the Teacher of the Year through a rigorous and competitive process that involves extensive review by the award committee of applications, essays and recommendations, interviews, and classroom observations of the final candidates. Once the finalists have been determined, the CEO conducts a personal interview with each finalist. As Teacher of the Year, Holbrook will receive a cash award and classroom supplies provided through the Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke Endowment Fund at the Fund for Educational Excellence. He will also throw the first pitch at City Schools Orioles Night on Tuesday, June 6.

In addition, Holbrook advances to the 2017-18 Maryland State Teacher of the Year competition. The winner of that competition will represent Maryland at the national level.

More information about the Teacher of the Year award is available at baltimorecityschools.org. More information about the School of Education’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is available at loyola.edu/school-education.

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