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30-year-old wins coveted Teacher of the Year award

Md. Educator Named 2014 National Teacher Of The Year

It's that time of year again: school is winding down and students are almost out for the summer. But that also means it's time for the National Teacher of the Year award to be given to one outstanding educator.


Meet Sean McComb, an English teacher at Baltimore's Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts. At just 30 years old, he's one of the youngest ever to win the award.

In a video posted on the Teaching Channel, McComb talks about how he's able to use his difficult childhood experiences to relate to some of his students who are now going through similar situations.

'I grew up not knowing when the money was going to run out."

One of those students is Brandy, a teen mom who was kicked out of her home. She was planning to quit school, but McComb convinced her to continue her education.

'He's like a hero because without him I wouldn't be sitting here today. I really wouldn't."

"I think Brandy and I were brought together because we needed each other. Because Brandy has restored my hope in the resilience of the human spirit."

McComb was named Maryland Teacher of the Year last October.

In a press release, the State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery said McComb was chosen because he "personifies the cutting edge Maryland educator. He is an energetic instructor, making certain his students set goals, commit to those targets, succeed, and move forward toward college or career."

That means McComb was automatically in the running for the National Teacher of the Year award. But the process wasn't a walk in the park - McComb had some homework to do.

He had to fill out a written application, get letters of recommendation and write eight essays on topics such as personal teaching philosophy and issues facing education.

And in December, McComb was announced as one of the four finalists up for the big award.

The Washington Post says McComb just recently found out he won the title. He was actually holding his then-11-day-old son Silas when the call came through.

McComb will now put aside his teaching duties for a year and travel around the world as an advocate for education.

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starcott May 05 2014 at 11:24 AM

Sean may not have had much in the way of this world's goods as he grew up, but he has certainly gained much in basic humanities and skills along his journey so far. A well organised, connected and inspiring teacher with a lovely, caring, Christian approach. Well done! And congratulations to you and your family.

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Joe May 04 2014 at 6:41 PM

Good for him!! Glad to see for once we are not posting something about teachers sleeping with students! I wish him the best of luck in the future!

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CAMERON May 04 2014 at 6:28 PM

Nice to hear a teacher doing good. Instead of being a Sex Pervert in school.

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CAMERON May 04 2014 at 6:26 PM

CONGRADULATIONS. Mr Mc Com

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morine44 CAMERON May 04 2014 at 7:08 PM

You might benefit from taking one of his English classes. It's "Congratulations, Mr. McComb."

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Amber J morine44 May 04 2014 at 9:23 PM

Let's hear it for the BLOG, ENGLISH POLICE. 'Congradulations' morine44, for receiving the honor. If you police want proper English, take a creative writing course and go to town.

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BEA May 04 2014 at 6:17 PM

We never kow how much teachers affect our choidre. Thank you Mc Comb.

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mickeyflaks May 04 2014 at 5:33 PM

Sounds like a teacher that we would like all our children to have.

CONGRATULATIONS!

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poll100 May 04 2014 at 5:12 PM

We need male teachers in the grade schools with such a desperation. So many separated and single mothers these children need a man who is interested in their daily life.

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Hello Betty May 04 2014 at 5:02 PM

grt job sir well deserved also keep up the grt work for all a friend from boston strong betty

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karen May 04 2014 at 4:21 PM

Fabulous!! There are a lot of good teachers out there, thank God, but not nearly enough of them….

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Wallace karen May 04 2014 at 5:50 PM

Most teachers are like that. It is the others that are the exceptions. Also, just what this young teacher has and is going through is what leads to teacher burn out and good teachers leaving the profession because they realize they can't keep up the level of " Social Work" and teach at the level they require of themselves. Congratulations to this young man now and hoping he'llo be in the profession 25 years from now.

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sammihartmann May 04 2014 at 3:43 PM

That's awesome. I wish I had a teacher like that when I attended school, I most likely would've actually wanted to be there. Congrats !!!

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