Keishia Thorpe was nominated by her colleague, Amity Pope.
"Keishia is the embodiment of an educator who works for her students and their families," explains Pope. "She has created a food pantry for her school that delivers food directly to the homes of her students on a rotating basis. In her school, Ms. Thorpe redesigned the 12th grade English curriculum to make it culturally relevant to her students, who are first-generation Americans, immigrants, or refugees. She assists students with applying for college and scholarships, and she helped them win $6.7 million in scholarships in the 2018-2019 school year. Her leadership in her school inspires others to want the best for their students. Maryland's governor recently awarded her with the Medal of Excellence for her work in influencing equitable policies in education."