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McDaniel master’s alumni named top Maryland teachers

George McGurl
July 31, 2013

Two graduates of McDaniel’s Curriculum & Instruction master’s degree program have been recognized as top teachers in Maryland.

George McGurl M.S. '08 (left), Howard County Teacher of the Year, has taught in Howard County Public Schools for 11 years. He is currently a science teacher at Burleigh Manor Middle School in Ellicott City, Md., and leads the school in environmental education, Green School and STEM programs. He was recognized by The Washington Post as a 2013 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award recipient for his creative approach and use of many teaching strategies to ensure that he meets the needs of every student.

McDaniel master’s alumni named top Maryland teachers Calvert County Teacher of the Year Jon Cox M.S. '10 (right) is a sixth-grade math teacher at Southern Middle School in Lusby, Md. A Calvert County native, he comes from a family of educators, as both his parents were classroom teachers, as well as two aunts and two cousins. His wife teaches at Dowell Elementary School also in Lusby. In addition to teaching, he works at the county and state levels developing and critiquing curriculum.

“Teaching is the only way to make the biggest impact on the future,” said Cox. 

McDaniel has a history of producing top teachers. The most recent 2012-13 Maryland Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year finalist Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship received her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction in 2005 from McDaniel, and 2010-11 Maryland Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer, a 1996 graduate of McDaniel’s Deaf Education graduate program, was named the 2011 National Teacher of the Year.