Recognize exceptional Master Teachers, Rising-Star Teachers, and Aspiring Teachers in Montgomery County, MD. Recognize outstanding students in Social Studies and Foreign Language Studies. Support the Education Community.
The Fund commemorates the efforts of Dr. Marian Greenblatt to improve education in Montgomery County. She was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Education from 1976 - 1984, and served as its President during 1978 - 1979. She worked to raise academic standards for students, eliminate frivolous courses, decrease class sizes, increase teacher budgets, and eliminate truancies.
The Fund was established on the passing of Dr. Greenblatt in 1988 and is managed by her family. Contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible, as the US Internal Revenue Service has designated it a 501c(3) organization.
Congratulations to our 2019 Award Recipients
Mr. Teak Bassett of Clarksburg High School, Master Teacher
Ms. Madeline Hanington of Hallie Wells Middle School, Master Teacher, and Montgomery County Teacher of the Year
Ms. Maura Backenstoe of Burning Tree Elementary School, Master Teacher
Mr. Brendan Kelly of Albert Einstein High School, Rising-Star Teacher
Ms. Virginia Pantella of Gaithersburg Middle School, Rising-Star Teacher
2019 Champions for Children AwardsMr. Drew Geenblatt, Dr. Marshal Greenblatt, MGEF Master Teacher Awardee and MCPS Teacher of the Year Ms. Madeline Hanington, Mr. Mark Greenblatt, and Mr. Rob Greenblatt
Mr. Teak BassettClarksburg HS
Ms. Judith Chinn (2012 MGEF awardee), Ms. Catherine Ulicny (2006 MGEF awardee), Mr. Teak Bassett (2019 MGEF awardee), Ms. Lori Martioski-Taylor (2008 MGEF awardee), Mr. Sean Kelly (2008 MGEF Rising-Star awardee)
Ms. Madeline HaningtonHallie Wells MS
Dr. Barbara Woodward (Principal), Ms. Madeline Hanington (awardee), Mr. Robert Dahlin (2006 MGEF Awardee, 2006 Montgomery County Teacher of the Year)
Ms. Maura BackenstoeBurning Tree ES
Ms. Sarah Backenstoe (daughter), Ms. Maura Backenstoe (awardee), Burnie T (mascot of Burning Tree ES), Dr. Marshal Greenblatt
Mr. Brendan KellyAlbert Einstein HS
Mr. Sean Kelly (2008 MGEF Rising-Star awardee, brother of Brendan), Mr. Brendan Kelly (2019 Rising-Star awardee), Mrs. Susan Kelly (teacher at Clarksburg HS and mother of Sean and Brendan)
Ms. Virginia PantellaGaithersburg MS
Ms. Virginia Pantella (Rising-Star awardee), Mr. Sam Coleman (parent of two students in Ms. Pantella’s class)
Read more about our 2019 Award Recipients.
VIDEO of 2019 MCPS Champions for Children and Teacher of the Year awards
The Marian Greenblatt Education Fund has been awarding outstanding teachers since 1989. Please see all our former winners here.
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