Teacher of the Year

In honoring an outstanding educator each year, Baltimore County Public Schools celebrates its more than 9,000 teachers who make a positive difference in the lives of our students.

Lyons Mill Elementary School educator Brendan Penn named 2018-19 BCPS Teacher of the Year

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Good teachers build positive relationships with their students. That was one of the take away messages from Wilson Smith’s introduction of his Grade 3 teacher, Brendan Penn. At the time of his introduction, neither Smith nor Penn knew that, later that evening, the Lyons Mill Elementary School teacher would be named 2018-2019 Baltimore County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

Smith was simply sharing what makes Penn so special in his view. He likened Penn to Mr. Feeny, the kind, polite, patient teacher on the television show Boy Meets World, which aired its last new episode 18 years ago. Smith said that Penn was someone he could talk to and be honest with, someone who encouraged all students to believe in themselves and to be leaders.

BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White named Penn as Teacher of the Year during an April 25 awards ceremony held at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson.

“Brendan Penn brings expertise, commitment, and creativity to his work every day," White said. “He exemplifies the leaders we have in classrooms across the county who inspire and challenge our students to new levels of academic achievement."

As Baltimore County's latest Teacher of the Year, Penn will represent Team BCPS and compete for the honor of Maryland State Teacher of the Year. He will appear across multiple venues to champion the teaching profession as well as what it means to be an educator in BCPS.

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