Finalist for Teacher of the Year Award

Lydia Kowalski, a literacy specialist at Tuscarora High School, is the FCPS finalist for The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award. From left: FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban, Lydia Kowalski’s mother, father, daughter and husband, Lydia Kowalski, Tuscarora High School Principal Chris Berry and Brad Young, BOE president.

Frederick County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban announces that Tuscarora High School Literacy Specialist Lydia Kowalski is the FCPS finalist for The Washington Post Teacher of the Year Award. Each year the Washington Post recognizes teachers in the Washington Metropolitan area who exemplify excellence in their profession and who contribute to improvements in education. The winner will be announced in April.

A number of colleagues and students joined Principal Christopher Berry in recommending Kowalski for Teacher of the Year recognition. According to Superintendent Alban, the common thread in letters supporting Kowalski’s nomination was her connections with students that make them feel special and want to come to school to learn.

Principal Berry said, “When students speak of teachers who inspire them at Tuscarora High School, invariably Ms. Kowalski’s name is in the mix. It is a combination of her personal enthusiasm and her ability to unlock in students the ability to love reading and the English language.”

Kowalski earned her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in English, with a minor in secondary education, at Mount St. Mary’s University and Master of Science degree with reading specialization at Hood College. She taught language arts at West Frederick Middle School from 2002-2005 and worked as literacy specialist at Ballenger Creek Middle from 2005-2011, as well as adjunct professor at Hood College 2006-2010. She was assigned to Tuscarora High in 2014, where she has chaired the English Department, coordinated the English learner program, served as National English Honor Society advisor, and works as literacy specialist.

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