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Frederick County Public Schools Selects Jennifer Perez Ryan as Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Perez Ryan, Frederick County Public Schools Teacher of the Year | Photo by David Stuck

Jennifer Perez Ryan, a teacher at West Frederick Middle School, has been named the 2021 Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Teacher of the Year. As Teacher of the Year, Ryan will represent FCPS in the Maryland State Teacher of the Year program. Ryan is the first educator from West Frederick Middle School to receive this honor, which is the highest award that FCPS gives to its educators.

In an FCPS news release, FCPS Superintendent Terry Alban said, “Since (Jennifer) Perez Ryan arrived at West Frederick Middle, she has gone above and beyond to support students and consistently advocates for what is best for her school community.”

Perez Ryan serves as an English Learners teacher at the school as well as the school’s LGBTQ Club advisor. Now in her third year of teaching at West Frederick Middle School, Perez Ryan presented a workshop program for teachers in the 2020-2021 academic year that explored the topic of racism and offered strategies to help educators through difficult conversations about racism in the classroom.

According to information provided by FCPS, Perez Ryan has served on the FCPS Racial Equity Committee since 2019 and was named the 2019 Frederick Center Ally of the Year in recognition of her support for LGBTQ students.

Before arriving at West Frederick Middle School, Perez Ryan taught middle school English and history at the Alameda Unified School District in California from 2015 to 2017.

Learn more about the FCPS Teacher of the Year program and FCPS online.

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