Thomas McHugh Named Carroll County Teacher of the Year
Westminster, MD
04/28/2017 09:54 AM

McHugh earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1986. In 1994, he earned a Master of Arts from the University of Montana, Missoula, in English with a concentration in teaching. In 2009, McHugh earned a Ph.D.from the University of Maryland College Park in Education.

McHugh began his teaching career at Westminster High School in 1989 as an English teacher where he also coached football. In July, 2001, McHugh moved to Century High School. Throughout his career, he has taught at the University of Montana, Missoula; the University of Maryland, College Park; and McDaniel College. He has also served as a Facilitator for the Maryland Satellite Technology Academy for the Maryland State Department of Education and an Advanced Placement Reader for the Educational Testing Service.

McHugh is affiliated with many professional associations including the National Council of Teachers of English,, the College Board, the Association of Teachers of English Grammar, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.       In addition, McHugh has been involved in multiple leadership and professional activities including the AP Anchor Scoring Workshop, the PARCC Range Finding Team, and the National Blue Ribbon School Application Team for Century High School.

He has been honored as a Carroll County Outstanding Teacher Finalist five times; an Outstanding Teacher of the Humanities by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and the Sykesville American Legion Teacher of the Year.

According to Century High School Principal Troy Barnes, “As an outstanding teacher, instructional leader and caring stakeholder, Dr. McHugh has built strong relationships with his students, parents and his colleagues. His reputation is built upon high expectations for his students, his own performance and the school at large. In my 27 years of experience as an educator, I have met no one as effective as a teacher, a mentor to new teachers, a role model for experienced faculty, and a tireless advocate for educational excellence as Dr. Thom McHugh. He is truly an excellent representative of everything that is positive about teaching in Carroll County Public Schools.”

The Carroll County Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who represents Carroll County teachers in the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program, and possibly the National Teacher of the Year Program. Working in collaboration with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, this year’s finalists for Teacher of the Year were selected by the Chamber of Commerce as winners of the Chamber’s Outstanding Teacher Awards.

Carey Gaddis
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