National Title Goes To Md. Teacher, Apr 25, 2006
|By Lori Aratani
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 25, 2006; Page B01
Last fall it was a new car, $5,000 and a giant silver cup. Come tomorrow it will be a visit to the White House, complete with presidential greeting in a Rose Garden ceremony.
Who says teaching doesn't pay?
It has paid off -- not just in money and prizes but in personal satisfaction -- for Kimberly Oliver, a kindergarten teacher at Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring, who has been named the 2006 National Teacher of the Year.
The choice of Oliver, the first educator from Maryland to win the national honor, marks the second year that a Washington-area teacher has won the national competition. The 2005 Teacher of the Year was Jason Kamras, who taught mathematics at John Philip Sousa Middle School in the District.
"It is an honor to serve as the Maryland Teacher of the Year, and now as the National Teacher of the Year, representing the teaching profession," Oliver said in a statement. She said she was "already an advocate for children and teachers" and, "given this unbelievable opportunity, I hope to emphasize the importance of early childhood education."