Chad Shelly, a six-year Colonel Richardson High School teacher, was named Caroline County Teacher of the Year on April 8, 2014. Shelly was surprised in his science classroom at the school by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Khalid Mumin, CRHS principal Susan McCandless, assistant principal Christal Harkowa, Supervisor of Human Resources Brian Spiering and Supervisor of Instruction Debbie George. Also on hand for the announcement was Shelly's wife, Lockerman Middle School teacher Rachel Shelly.
Shelly teaches ecosystems, biology, environmental science and is the Project Lead the Way biomedical teacher. In his nomination application, Shelly said the most important rule he follows is to be an example for his students. "I work hard because I expect my students to work even harder." He said learning is about taking chances, making mistakes and getting messy.
Shelly was one of 19 nominees for the county's teacher of the year honor and one of seven teachers who were interviewed by the teacher of the year selection committee. The runners up for teacher of the year are Katie Southworth, Antonio Angeloni, Todd Nichols, Kiley Sechrist, Anne Quidas and Mary Jo Kerr.
Shelly will now be eligible for the Maryland State Teacher of the Year award. The Maryland State Teacher of the Year is announced at a gala in October.