Wingate honored as Teacher of the Year
CAMBRIDGE — Jennifer Wingate, a first-grade teacher at South Dorchester School, was honored by Dorchester County Public Schools as 2016-17 Teacher of the Year. Amy Stoops, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Hurlock Elementary School, was honored as the 2016-17 First Class Teacher of the Year.
The annual Teacher of the Year event was held Tuesday, April 5, at Choptank Elementary School. There were 11 total nominees for the Teacher of the Year award and nine total nominees for the First Class Teacher of the Year award.
Wingate is a native of Dorchester County who earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Frostburg State University. She is currently studying to earn a master’s in education through LaSalle University. As an undergraduate, she minored in Spanish and later became English for Speakers of Other Languages certified through Phoenix University.
While she currently teaches first grade at South Dorchester, she has also taught pre-kindergarten and kindergarten at Maple Elementary. She was nominated First Class Teacher of the Year in 2010.
Wingate says the job of a teacher is to make children eager to learn more, to believe in themselves, respect each other, keep promises, and never give up.
Stoops hails from Cape May, N.J., originally. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Elizabethtown College.
The dream of being an educator began for Stoops when she was just 3 years old.
Stoops believes that teaching keeps you on your feet, physically and mentally, and makes you question yourself every day to ensure you are giving your students the best education that you can.
Each nominee received a small prize pack that included gift cards and a fleece blanket with the DCPS logo. As the winner of the First Class Teacher of the Year award, Stoops
received a prize pack valued at over $2,000 that included a year’s membership to Dorchester Center for the Arts, gift cards, a new laptop from DCPS and more.
As Teacher of the Year, Wingate received a prize package valued at over $4,000. It included a new laptop from DCPS, a year’s membership to DCA, four box seats to a Delmarva Shorebirds game, an 18hole round of golf for two from Choptank River Golf, gift cards and more. The value of the package does not include the gift of unlimited use of a car from Hertrich Family of Auto Dealerships.
First Class Teacher of the Year winner Amy Stoops, a pre-kindergarten teacher at Hurlock Elementary School, was escorted by Bobby Helgason, also a teacher at HES.
Dorchester County Public Schools held their annual Teacher of the Year awards reception on Tuesday, April 5. Amy Stoops was surprised to hear her name when she was announced as the winner of the First Class Teacher of the Year award.
2016-2017 First Class Teacher of the Year Amy Stoops with Superintendent Dr. Henry V. Wagner, Jr. at the awards reception held on Tuesday, April 5.
2016-2017 Teacher of the Year Jennifer Wingate with Superintendent Dr. Henry V. Wagner, Jr. at the awards reception held on Tuesday, April 5.