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Ellicott, Md. (WUSA) - Lisa Young, a resource teacher at Atholton Elementary School, is one of the seven finalists for the Teacher of the Year by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Young was chosen among 24 Maryland teachers representing each county school system. The state finalist were evaluated against a set of national criteria including teaching philosophy, community involvement, knowledge of general education issues, and suggestions for professional and instructional improvement.

Lisa Young began her career in Alaska, where she provided professional development throughout her district. In 2003, she moved to Howard County and helped pioneer the use of the Six+1 model, now used in elementary and middle schools throughout the county.
"Lisa is an outstanding educator who represents her school, the school system and her profession admirably," said Superintendent Renee A. Foose, who visited Young at Atholton Elementary on Tuesday to share the news and her congratulations. "We are very pleased, although not surprised, that she is among the seven finalists."

Seven finalists will take part in an oral interview on September 8. The Maryland Teacher of the Year, who will represent the state in the national competition, will be announced at a gala event on October 5.