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Awards to Maryland Teachers in Eligible Locations
to Recognize Excellence in Teaching

Master Teachers Award and Rising-Star Teacher Award

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Marian Greenblatt Education Fund

Deadline Date:

01/14/22 5:00 PM - Receipt


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Awards of $2,000 and an award of $1,000 to Maryland teachers in eligible locations to recognize excellence in teaching. The purpose of the awards program is to recognize more experienced teachers who have inspired their students, as well as to recognize a new teacher with great potential. Applicants are judged based on student focus and results, commitment to the local public school system, and links to school and community. Nominees must be teachers in the Montgomery County Public Schools.

Two awards are available:

  • Master Teachers Award:
    • The Marian Greenblatt Education Fund awards three Master Teachers. The winners are chosen for their ability to inspire their students to achieve and to encourage younger teachers to be the best they can be. 
  • Rising-Star Teacher Award:
    • The Fund recognizes a Rising-Star teacher who is clearly on the way to being a Master Teacher.

Judging Criteria:

Applicants will be judged using the three broad categories below. Supporting evidence for the criteria, in the form of letters from colleagues and parents, will be very helpful.

  • Student Focus & Results: 
    • The students demonstrate positive academic results compared to peers and
    • The teacher motivates students to excel, with innovative instruction methods.
    • The teacher demonstrates a commitment to closing the achievement gap.
  • Commitment to Montgomery County Public Schools: 
    • The teacher contributes to the Montgomery County Public School system through sharing teaching practices, displaying leadership outside of her/his own school, and (for Master teachers) acting as a mentor for young colleagues. 
  • Links to School and Community: 
    • The teacher is active in professional organizations, school activities, and MCPS efforts, as well as the larger community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178668

Number of Grants:

Three Master Teacher winners are selected, one for elementary school, one for middle school, and one for high school. One Rising-Star Teacher will be recognized.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The award level for Master Teachers is $2000.
- The level for Rising-Star Teachers is $1000.
- In addition, if the PTA of the winning teacher’s school is active in the nomination process, it will receive $100 for school
supplies, equipment, or enrichment programs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Nominee is currently a full-time teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools.
- Minimum experience for Master Award is six years of teaching in MCPS.
- Maximum experience for Rising-Star Award is five years of full-time teaching.

Rising-Star Teachers who have taught as a long-term substitute are eligible, as long as the total time teaching is five years or less, including full-time and substitute service.

​Nominations may be submitted by a principal, colleague, administrator, parent, or Parent Teacher Association (PTA) representative.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations must be delivered by 5 pm of the second Friday in January.

The awards are announced in February and presented in the spring at the winners’ schools. All winners are honored at the MCPS Champions for Children Ceremony in the spring, when the County Teacher of the Year will be announced.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nominations must be delivered either:
1. By email (pdf preferred) to, or
2. To:
The Marian Greenblatt Education Fund
11308 Tara Road
Potomac, MD 20854

For additional questions, contact Dr. Marshal Greenblatt at (301) 983-3255 or

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