Baltimore County educator a finalist for National Teacher of the Year

TOWSON, Md. - A teacher who makes kids want to come to school and learn.

That is how many describe Sean McComb. The Baltimore County educator is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year title.

McComb, 30,  who teaches at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, was also recently named Baltimore County and then Maryland Teacher of the Year.

"As teachers, we don't enter the profession expecting to win honors and awards," said McComb in a statement. "Like most teachers, I simply hoped to be able to positively affect students, make learning enjoyable, and help kids grow into the best adults they could become.  I am glad to have represented the noble teachers of Maryland, who work so hard toward similar goals, in the national competition."

Baltimore County schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance called McComb "an extraordinary educator who cares deeply about teaching students and collaborating with colleagues."

"It is gratifying to see him receive this honor and to know that a dedicated professional like Sean will represent Baltimore County and Maryland on a national stage," said Dance in a statement. "We wish him well as he continues to inspire, to excel, and to demonstrate with creativity and passion what it means to be a teacher."

McComb, who has taught English at Patapsco and led the school's AVID program since 2007, will learn whether he becomes the nation's top teacher when President Barack Obama announces the National Teacher of the Year in April.  

The other national finalists this year are from Virginia, Florida and Pennsylvania.

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