Partners, Advocates & Recognition

Rotating images of Partners, Advocates & Recognition Programs, including Teacher of the Year, Blue Ribbon Schools and Milken Educator Award Program

Maryland’s schools, students and communities benefit from a variety of productive and supportive partnerships that are maintained by the Maryland State Department of Education with the private sector and community organizations. Through advocacy and generous underwriting, our partners enable the implementation of a variety of education initiatives. These include recognition programs honoring outstanding educators, administrators, and schools.

New! Original song Treasures of the Night offers hope during COVID-19 Pandemic: The striking sunset you see is paired with an original song composed and sung by Maryland State Department of Education's Dr. Darla Strouse with photos arranged by Somerset County Teacher of the Year Christy South. The song and video, inspired by the COVID-19 Pandemic, speak to the hope and beauty that lie ahead.

New! Maryland Teachers of the Year (TOY)

Words of Encouragement (video)


Contact Information

Dr. Darla Strouse
Executive Director
Office of Partnerships
410-767-0370 or 0369

Teacher of the Year

2019 - 2020

Blue Ribbon School

2019 - 2020

Milken Winner

2019 - 2020

29th Teacher of the Year Gala

October 25, 2019


Maryland Blue Ribbon School

Maryland Milken Winner
Erin Wyatt