News Release: Prince George's County Students Select Favorite Teachers

January 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications
My Favorite Teacher 2012

Photo from left: W. Mario Williams, Jr., Allison Waite, and Jelani K. Lattimore. Photo courtesy of The Gazette.

UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Three Prince George’s County public schools teachers have been nominated by their students and selected by the community as winners of The Gazette’s My Favorite Teacher contest. Allison Waite, fourth-grade teacher at Berwyn Heights Elementary School (nominated by Antoine Jacks, Grade 5); Jelani K. Lattimore, English teacher at Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School (nominated by Dakota Lowery, Grade 7); and W. Mario Williams, Jr., business education teacher at Fairmont Heights High School (nominated by Graciela Celada, Grade 12), won the Prince George’s County contest, and were recognized by the Gazette during an awards ceremony at Prince George’s Community College on December 5.

“I am extremely proud of the students who wrote the nomination essays and the teachers who were selected for this honor by our community,” said Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, Interim Superintendent of Schools. “To be nominated by students is a true indicator of a teacher’s success in the classroom.”

The three teachers representing Prince George’s County each received the glass apple My Favorite Teacher signature award, roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines, a $350 check, a party-platter gift certificate from Chick-fil-A, and tickets to a performance at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. Nominating students receive a $50 gift card from Safeway, a $25 Best Buy gift card and a party-platter gift certificate from Chick-fil-A.

Students from Prince George’s, Montgomery and Frederick county submitted nearly 520 nominations, writing compelling essays highlighting their favorite teacher. The Gazette selected finalists at elementary, middle and high school levels, posted them online, and the community cast some 154,000 ballots to vote for their favorites. To read more about the Prince George’s County winners, click here.


Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 209 schools and centers, more than 129,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.