Ryan Kaiser

A Baltimore social studies instructor was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year for 2015-16.

Ryan Kaiser, who teaches sixth and eighth grade social studies, was recognized not only for his work in the classroom, but also his community involvement.

“Ryan is a classroom teacher, first and foremost, and his work with his students crackles with energy and creativity,” Interim State Superintendent Jack Smith said at the gala held to recognize Kaiser last week, according to a statement.  “He has always kept his eyes on preparing his students for the rigors of high school and beyond.”

Kaiser has been teaching at The Mt. Washington School for 10 years, and coaches the debate team. He also works with the Maryland Council of Social Studies, and writes lesson plans for the White House Visitor’s Center. He also coordinates a program with Patterson Park Charter School.

Kaiser will get “cash awards, technology equipment, national travel opportunities, and a new car,” according to officials. He will also serve as an advisor on education, and will be entered into running for the National Teacher of the Year, which is named in April.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.