Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our 2023 Teachers of the Year

Michaela Hatlee | Buckingham Elementary School
Michaela Hatlee earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Salisbury University and is currently working towards her Masters in Reading Instruction. Hatlee has completed 6 years in Worcester County Public Schools, where she has taught both Pre-K and Kindergarten. She is a member of the WCPS Apple Vanguard Team and a mentor teacher to university interns. Every day is a fresh start in Ms. Hatlee’s Pre-K classroom, with understanding and humility at the forefront of her philosophy. Her high expectations combined with unwavering love pushes students to work to their highest potential both academically and socially. 

David Wells | Berlin Intermediate School
David Wells graduated from Stephen Decatur High School, attended University of Maryland Eastern Shore earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education. This is his 19th year teaching in Worcester County Public Schools where currently he is a special education teacher at Berlin Intermediate School. He serves on the School Improvement Team and has begun the Athlete Academy after school program for student athletes. Wells strives to create a positive and fun learning environment for all students. He believes that a teachers impact on a child is immeasurable, therefore, providing a positive and caring attitude is essential for success. 


Kristin Morris | Cedar Chapel Special School
Kristin Morris earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Salisbury University, and received her master’s degree in School Counseling from UMES. This is her seventh year in Worcester County, currently teaching middle school special education at Cedar Chapel. Her love for her students transports beyond the classroom by coaching Special Olympics skiing and basketball as well as attending the Torch Run each year. Making connections and having fun with each student, daily, is her personal philosophy for student success. Morris believes every student has something to contribute. She is also the Head Cheerleading Coach at Salisbury University.

Wendy Macrides | Ocean City Elementary School

Wendy has been an educator for 25 years and is in her 18th year of teaching at Ocean City Elementary School.  She teaches 4th Grade Math, Science, and Writing in a Special Education Inclusion setting. Her passion for teaching is evident as she focus' on the indivdual strengths of her students while making authentic personal connections.  Wendy received a bachelor of science degree from Salisbury University and earned a master’s in education from Walden University.  In addition, Wendy facilitates an after-school STEAM academy, “Fly Like a Girl” and serves as an active Session Elder and chairperson of the Mission Ministry for Buckingham Presbyterian church in Berlin.


Dixon_Carli Carli Dixon | Pocomoke Elementary School
Carli Dixon earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Salisbury University, while she also was a member of the University’s Women’s Soccer team. She is currently working on her Masters of Education in School Counseling. Dixon is in her sixth year of teaching and currently teaches Kindergarten at Pocomoke Elementary School. She strives to create a culture and environment through the formation of trusting relationships in which students want to learn and have fun. She willingly supports her school and community by teaching Afterschool Academy, Summer Academy, as well as coaching youth soccer and refereeing high school sports.
Bradley_PHS Michelle Bradley | Pocomoke High School 
Michelle Bradley, a proud graduate of Worcester County Public Schools and Salisbury University is currently enrolled in Salisbury University’s educational leadership program. In her seventh year, Bradley serves as an AP calculus, AP statistics, and algebra teacher, department chair, and instructional coach. She is the co-founder and advisor of LEAD (Leadership, Education, and Awareness about Disabilities). Her leadership is showcased in her many roles: Mu Alpha Theta advisor, Math SIT lead, new hire and intern mentor, and a member of the instructional leadership team, innovation team, and PBIS team. These positions allow Bradley to advocate for student belonging for all.
Zubko, PMS Stephen Zubko | Pocomoke Middle School
Stephen Zubko graduated Magna Cum Laude from Misericordia University earning a Bachelor’s in History/Secondary Education, and is currently completing a Master’s in History from Liberty University. Zubko has been an educator for 12 years and has spent the last 7 teaching both Foreign Language and 6th Grade Social Studies at Pocomoke Middle School. He strives to build rapport with all his students, and to challenge each student to think critically about the past. Moreover, he has started the Pocomoke Leadership Basketball Team, and through his tenure has been involved in both After-School and Summer School Academies.
Tracy_SDHS Brittany Tracy | Stephen Decatur High School
Brittany Tracy is an educator who is invested in growing learners. She takes pride in building long-lasting, meaningful relationships with students to help them achieve their personal, academic, and career goals. Brittany earned a Master’s degree from Wilmington University (2012) and a Bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University (2010). She is a Worcester LEADS teacher charged with developing and executing strategic projects to improve student and teacher outcomes. Additionally, she is a mentor to students and interns, a co-advisor of the Leo Club, a member of the STAR Committee, and a lead teacher in one of the School Improvement literacy initiatives.
 Ridgely_SDMS Jaimie Ridgely | Stephen Decatur Middle School
Jaimie Ridgely, a National Board Certified teacher, is a literacy aficionado who prioritizes writerly identity exploration, joy, and agency in her Enrichment and Tech Ed classes at Stephen Decatur Middle. Community, voice, choice, and reflection are cornerstones of her student-centered classroom where students share their creative voices within and beyond the classroom walls. Jaimie earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees from Salisbury University. She is a 21-year veteran teacher, and serves as an adjunct professor, school improvement team member, Worcester LEAD teacher, peer mentor, professional development facilitator, and afterschool sponsor for Book Club, Tutoring, and Dungeons & Dragons.  
 Singer_SES Elizabeth Singer | Showell Elementary School
Elizabeth Singer has earned a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in STEM from North Carolina State University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Salisbury University. Elizabeth has been teaching for 11 years. 7 years were spent at Snow Hill Elementary and the last four years have been spent teaching fourth grade at Showell Elementary. Elizabeth is a member of her school improvement team, mentor to Salisbury University students, team leader, and has been part of various county-wide committees. Elizabeth creates a classroom focused on student ownership of learning and real world experiences and connections.
Davis_SHES  Dawn Davis | Snow Hill Elementary School
Dawn Davis earned two associates degrees from Wor-Wic Community College. She also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early childhood and Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Salisbury University. Dawn has been teaching for 12 years, with 8 years in Pre-K. She strives to create an environment that students can enjoy learning and feel loved and safe. Dawn has high expectations for all students and every student is successful in their own way. She mentors university interns and new colleagues, she is a part of PAC and the math committee, and is the Pre-K team leader.
 Adkins_SHHS Chris Adkins | Snow Hill High School
Chris Adkins earned a Bachelor's Degree from Salisbury University in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. He has taught for fourteen years, with ten years at Snow Hill High School. Mr. Adkins teaches Physical Education/Health and serves as Athletic Director. He believes in cultivating a supportive, positive, and inclusive culture and strives to be a servant leader for his school community. Mr. Adkins has coached wrestling for eighteen years and golf, football, softball, and volleyball during his time at SHHS. He participates in the LEAD Cohort at SU, led the Safety School Improvement Team, and established the "Do One More" initiative.
 Salvarola_SHMS Kristina Salvarola | Snow Hill Middle School
Kristina Salvarola is dedicated to leadership, advocacy, and student success. She has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, is currently completing her Masters of Education in Administration from University of Phoenix. In 2022 she completed the Academy for Leadership in Education at Salisbury University as a Worcester County representative. She is a leading member on her School Improvement Team, mentors rising educators, and supports the district to advance existing curriculums. She is an advocate for student’s families and the empowerment of her fellow educators. Inspiring students to reach their highest potential, her passion for students is evident in her classroom culture. 
 Gallo_WTHS Silviya Gallo | Worcester Technical High School
Silviya Gallo, an immigrant from Bulgaria, has received a Maryland Regent Scholarship from Wor-Wic, a Bachelor and Master of Science in Mathematics Secondary Education from Salisbury University. This “Most Promising Mathematics Educator” Awardee teaches Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, GIS, Geometry and Pre-Calculus at Worcester Technical High School. Her love for learning, technology and innovation inspired the creation of Worcester Tech Laser Shop and has ignited the same passion in female students to pursue studies in STEM. Mrs. Gallo has taught Robotics at Showell Elementary and Berlin Intermediate and is leading the Summer STEM Academy at Worcester Tech. 

Kristin Cashman - 2022 WCTOY