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


  • Amber Wright
    2020-2021 Teacher of the Year:

    Amber Wright
    Kent Island High School

    Amber Wright, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools Teacher of the Year,

    Amber Wright is the daughter of Mr. and Reverend George and Bernadette Wright.  Amber and her son, Andrew, reside in Chester, MD.  She is member of New United Methodist Church.  Amber has a BA in Communication Arts from Salisbury State University (SSU).  She later followed her passion for teaching and became a certified teacher in Maryland where she has been a teacher for nearly 25 years.  Mr. Lawrence Dunn gave Amber her first opportunity to teach at GES. She later became the Certification Specialist for QACPS.  Amber, however, had a burning desire to teach dance.  After starting her journey at the former Dashiell School of Dance in Stevensville, Md., Amber continued to dance at her high school, Arundel Sr. until she went to SSU, where she choreographed and danced for their dance company.  Upon graduation, Amber furthered her acting, singing, and dancing career by performing at the Chesapeake Music Hall in Annapolis, Md. and at the Burn Brae Dinner Theatre in Burtonsville, Md. Later, she became a dance teacher in PGCPS until she was afforded the wonderful opportunity to teach dance at Kent Island High School. 

    Amber is extremely proud to be a Queen Anne’s County Teacher of the Year Finalist.  She thanks her student, Abby Scaggs, for the heart-felt nomination.  Amber is also very grateful to her administrative team for their support, KIHS staff and other colleagues from around the county and state for their encouragement. Additionally, Amber is thankful for her parents, for always sharing the right words that carry her onward and for Andrew, who is her “co-pilot” and goes with her to almost all of KIHS’s events and other student events in the community. To her students, she owes many thanks because without them she would not have been even considered for this prestigious award.