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Hill named Teacher of the Year

Longtime educator thanks school Superintendent Lou Taylor for her first position in Worcester County
By Katie Tabeling | Apr 13, 2017
Photo by: Katie Tabeling Worcester Technical High School’s Julia Hill thanks her family and fellow educators moments after she was named Teacher of the Year. The 30th annual ceremony was held at the Clarion Hotel on 101st Street on April 7.

(April 14, 2017) Worcester Technical High School’s Julia Hill was named Teacher of the Year at the 30th annual awards banquet last Friday at the Clarion Hotel in Ocean City.

Hill was selected for the accolade from 13 other candidates, including her husband, Stephen Decatur Middle School teacher Trevor Hill. When her name was called, she hugged her husband and her children before taking to the podium.

“Sorry, honey,” she said to her husband during her acceptance speech amid the raucous laughter from the audience. “My family are my biggest supporters, and our house is filled with learning.”

Hill received letters of commendation from Congressman Andy Harris’s office and citations from State Sen. Jim Mathias and Delegate Mary Beth Carozza. Jim Bunting, president of the Worcester County Commissioners, presented Hill with a commendation signed by the commissioners.

A Stephen Decatur High School graduate, Hill studied mathematics at Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Later, she earned a master of science degree in mathematics from Salisbury University.

Hill has been teaching for 13 years and now teaches pre-calculus and dual enrollment mathematics courses. She was hired by Worcester County Superintendent Lou Taylor.

“Thank you to Mr. Taylor for taking a chance on me and giving me my first job and being a great mentor,” she said.

Outside the classroom, Hill serves as an advisor for SkillsUSA, a member of her School Improvement Team and as developer for the county math curriculum. She also mentors teenage mothers in the community.

Six judges, including representatives from local colleges, a public official and a retired teacher, selected Hill as teacher of the year  based on her teaching portfolio and her interview. The portfolio also included answers to questions on student engagement and incorporating a global perspective to teaching and educational issues.

Now, Hill will compete for the Maryland title. Worcester County earned the state award once, in 2007, when Stephen Decatur Middle School teacher Michelle Hammond won.

“It’s truly an honor to be able to represent our county,” Hill said. “Our county is filled with so many amazing teachers, students, support staff and administration. I feel so blessed.”

In honoring the 13 other candidates, the banquet featured a video of the nominees talking about why they are passionate about their students.

Kristina Belcher, the 2016 Worcester County Teacher of the Year and educator at Decatur High School, also honored the nominees in her keynote speech.

“As I look around this room, I am convinced that each and every one of us can agree that there is something charming about Worcester County public schools, and that charm can be captured in four words: children, connections, communication and community,” she said.

Hill agreed that the school district best represented those four concepts and helped her shine as an educator.

“Anytime I’ve needed something, the math department and the county really stepped up to the plate. I really feel like we’re part of a family,” she said. “Thank you all for doing what you do every day for our kids.”

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