Being the 2012 Maryland Teacher of the Year has its perks.
On Tuesday, Joshua P. Parker, the English, reading and world languages department chairman at Windsor Mill Middle School, received a 2012 Honda Civic for earning the teaching distinction.
That's only part of what Parker gets for being named the state teacher of the year.
He also received—or will receive—$9,000, a week at National Space Camp and a four-day trip to the Teacher of the Year conference in Dallas, according to a news release from Baltimore County Public Schools. Plus, Parker will attend other forums and conferences in Washington, D.C., and Princeton, N.J., and receive a Smart Board and materials from SMART Technologies valued at more than $15,000, according to school system announcement
For the past 11 years, the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association has sponsored the teacher of the year program, and has provided the recipient a brand new car, according to the press release.
Parker is a native of Dayton, Ohio, who taught at and Dundalk Middle schools before he came to Windsor Mill Middle School. He's a graduate of Towson University and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and "has created summer and after-school programs for students and coached Black Saga teams at Dundalk Middle," the press release stated.