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Madeline Hanington (MD '11)

Recruitment Specialist, Department of Certification & Staffing

Montgomery County Public Schools
Rockville, MD

At the time of the Award, Madeline Hanington was:

Gaithersburg Middle School
Gaithersburg, MD

Subject(s) taught: English/Language

Biographical Information

Raised in a New York City housing project by Puerto Rican parents, Madeline Hanington not only was the first of her generation to attend college, but she also worked her entire way through school.

Hanington’s students shine under her able tutelage. All 82 ranked proficient on the state test. She taught an academic intervention class for reading and math, with most of the class moving from basic to proficient in those subjects. Fortified by strong practices, leadership skills and achievement results, Hanington turned a troubled student into a model learner who later nabbed the Science Student of the Year award.

Using rubrics and exemplar papers to guide performance, Hanington incorporates “Lights, Camera, Literacy!”--a curriculum of Montgomery County Public Schools--to help students write scripts and produce videos that are presented to the community. Co-sponsor of the Junior National Honor Society, she also sponsors the Lunch Bunch book club and the Estrellas club for girls. A fixture in extracurricular activities, she even brought in Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to speak to students. And in the spirit of the great bard himself, she had students dress in period costume and perform Shakespearian insults.

Hanington mentors other teachers and shares her lessons across the district. An Achievement Steering Committee member, she assists with planning schoolwide assessments, is team leader of her department, and coordinates resources with other departments. She serves as end-of-year speaker and maintains her own portfolio to meet evaluation standards. Hanington also organized a math and science parent academy and covers classes so her fellow teachers can conduct peer visits.

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Madeline Hanington In The News

Hallie Wells Educator Named Finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year
Montgomery Community Media  |  Sep 05, 2019  |  Silver Spring, MD

Teacher of the Year in Md. School System Described as Dynamic, Innovative
The Washington Post  |  Apr 25, 2019  |  Washington, D.C.

Madeline Hanington, MAT ’03, Receives the 2011 Milken Educator Award
Johns Hopkins University School of Education  |  Mar 06, 2012  |  Baltimore, MD

Middle School Teacher Receives Milken Award and a $25,000 Surprise
Montgomery County Public Schools  |  Dec 06, 2011  |  Rockville, MD

Gaithersburg Middle School Teacher Receives $25,000 Surprise  |  Nov 29, 2011  |  Gaithersburg, MD

Md. educator honored for 'exemplary,' 'unheralded' teaching
WTOP  |  Nov 29, 2011  |  Washington, DC

Gaithersburg teacher wins Milken Education Award
The Washington Post  |  Nov 29, 2011  |  Washington, DC

Ms. Hanington honored as a Milken Educator
Gaithersburg Middle School PTA  |  Nov 29, 2011  |  Gaithersburg, MD

Additional Information


2014 Lowell Milken Center Fellow