Hat's off to Kyle Dingle- the 2016 Wash. Co. Teacher of the Year

Fountain Head Country Club was pleased to be the chosen venue for this year’s Teacher of the Year Dinner & Award Ceremony on April 20, 2016. The Washington County Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with Washington County Public Schools, graciously hosted the event to honor the finalists who were being recognized for serving in a teaching capacity and working to ensure educational excellence. As guests arrived they couldn’t help but notice the beautiful car parked out front, donated by Hagerstown Ford and Hagerstown Honda/ Kia, which would later be awarded to the Teacher of the Year recipient! After an exquisite meal prepared by our Executive Chef and his culinary team, the ceremony began, and after much anticipation the winner was announced! Mr. Kyle Dingle, a 5th grade teacher at Maugansville Elementary, was given the prestigious title of the 2016-2017 Washington County Teacher of the Year. Kyle has taught for ten years in Washington County and is a cross country coach at Williamsport High School as well. He is also very involved in the community with the Labor of Love of Washington County and Young Life of Washington County. Mr. Dingle states that he believes “each of [his] students is wired differently and [he loves] to celebrate their unique styles and learning preferences.” His hope is that by knowing his students, he can use their strengths to work on their weaknesses. Kyle will also have the honor of representing Washington County in the State of Maryland’s Teacher of the Year Program. The State winner is then entered into the competition for the National Teacher of the Year award, a much esteemed position. The National Teacher winner leaves the classroom and spends the year as a teacher ambassador, speaking nationally and internationally. Hat’s off to you Kyle and good luck!!

Among the other deserving finalists were Virginia Durham who teaches kindergarten at Fountaindale Elementary, Sara Hamilton an English teacher at Boonsboro High, Kimberly Janifer from North High who teaches English, Elizabeth Mc Donald a science teacher from Washington County Technical High School, and Robert Waugh who does double duty as a Physical Education teacher at Pleasant Valley AND Williamsport Elementary Schools. All of these professional educators are winners in their own right, who strive every day to not only serve their students on an educational level, but an inspirational one as well.

Fountain Head would like to thank ALL educators and educational professionals for their work in the county and wish them all the best in the years to come!