Justin Holbrook, a fourth grade math and science teacher at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School and graduate student in Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education, was named Baltimore City Public Schools’ 2017 Teacher of the Year. Holbrook will receive his Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Loyola’s 2017 Commencement Exercises on May 20.
“Mr. Holbrook is the kind of teacher and leader who embodies the qualities that all teachers should have,” Sonja Brookins Santelises, Ed.D., CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools, said in a press release. “He is a creative and energetic teacher who puts the needs of his students first and works to ensure all students have engaging learning opportunities. He is deeply committed to his profession, to sharing his expertise with colleagues, and to learning from them. City Schools is honored to have him on our team.”
Holbrook was lauded for leading classroom success and fostering a sense of community and optimism that inspires both students and staff.
He has taught at Roland Park since 2010. He is a member of the Maryland Society for Educational Technology and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and he is a member of and contributor to several Twitter-based, professional development associations, including #LeadUpChat, #EdTechAfterDark, and #ECEchat. He founded #BmoreEdchat, a worldwide Twitter-based education chat.