Teacher of the Year Program

  • QACPS' local Teacher of the Year program is affiliated with the Maryland and National Teacher of the Year Program. Along with receiving many awards from our local sponsors, the teacher who is named QACPS Teacher of the Year has the privilege to represent Queen Anne's County all year long. This teacher attends events with the other 23 district teachers of the year along with being privileged to meet with the State Superintendent regularly to advise him/her about policy and reform efforts. This prestigious honor is announced at the QACPS Annual Awards Gala every April. 

    The Annual Awards Gala is an event that allows QACPS to put a spotlight on their outstanding employees. These employees are nominated by parents, students, community members, supervisors, and other QACPS employees. These nomination submissions are then carefully reviewed by a selection committee for each award. During the gala, each award is announced and presented. The gala concludes with the announcement of the next year's Teacher of the Year. This event and each award is sponsored by businesses and members of this great community. If you would like to be involved in this event, check out our Teacher of the Year Sponsorship page or contact Jeff Straight at jeffrey.straight@qacps.org or 410-758-2403 x. 148

    Queen Anne's County Public School has incredible employees that deserve to be recognized! If you feel that you know a QACPS employee that goes above and beyond every day to change the lives of students in Queen Anne's County, please submit a nomination! 

    QACPS Teacher of the Year Nomination Form


  • 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year:

    Amber Wright


    Kent Island High School

    Heather Efland, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools Teacher of the Year,

    Mrs. Heather (O’Leary) Efland is the music teacher at Centreville Elementary School and is currently completing her twelfth year of teaching. She began her career at Kent Island Elementary School where she taught for eight years and has been teaching at CES for four years. As an undergraduate, Mrs. Efland attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where she earned a dual degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education. As a postgraduate student, she attended Walden University where she earned a master’s degree in teacher leadership. ourExtracurricularly, she founded and directed the Chesapeake Children’s show choir, and she was certified in five different types of Zumba, including a Mommy and Me Zumba class where she was featured on Fox 45 morning news. When she is not teaching, Heather enjoys spending time with her beautiful family, which includes her loving and supportive husband, Adam, her rambunctious three-year-old son, Spencer, and her adorable one-year-old daughter, Reese. 

    Her co-workers call her “Little Mary Sunshine” because she is always smiling. Last year, Heather received the QACPS Spirit Award. Heather enjoys making people shine, this includes not only her students but also her co-workers. This year, for example, she led a teacher flash mob at the school’s Halloween parade (it was a THRILLER) and also lead an all-school sing-along which featured fabulous CES teacher talent. Heather would like to thank her co-workers (both past and present) and family for all their support, love and kindness. She would also like to thank her Principal, Theresa Farnell, for her heartfelt nomination and encouragement. Finally, Heather is thankful for her students, who inspire her daily with their enthusiasm as they share the joy of learning music together.