Rock Ridge’s Markwood Wins Washington Post Teacher of the Year Honors

Jordan Markwood of Rock Ridge High School has been named the 2022 Washington Post Teacher of the Year.

Markwood, Chair and Choral Director of the Fine Arts Department, sponsors the Rock Ridge Music Honor Society, a cappella club, and musical theater shows. He is in his ninth year with the school.

With the honor, Markwood will receive a $7,500 award, a half-page advertisement, a trophy, and be profiled in the Washington Post.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music education from Houghton College, and a Master of Arts in Choral Pedagogy and Performance from the Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

Markwood and a contingent of supporters of performing arts, including his fellow Rock Ridge teacher Anthony Cimino Johnson, have advocated for enhanced funding for the arts in LCPS. This year, the School Board approved fully funding stipends for drama directors in its 2022-2023 adopted budget.

Cedar Lane Elementary School principal Robert Marple was a finalist for the Principal of the Year award. Prior to taking over the helm at Cedar Lane in 2013, Marple was principal of Hamilton Elementary, an assistant principal at Park View High School, Evergreen Mill Elementary School, and Lowes Island Elementary School. He also was a middle school dean at Farmwell Station Middle School.

2 thoughts on “Rock Ridge’s Markwood Wins Washington Post Teacher of the Year Honors

  • 2022-04-18 at 3:42 pm

    This is a wonderful achievement. I look forward to reading the upcoming profile of Mr. Markwood in the Washington Post. I think LCPS is doing splendidly. I hope the harpies will stop with the doom & gloom. The school division wins awards, left & right. Happy Passover Loudoun!

  • 2022-04-20 at 10:00 am

    Around Loudoun County, 1000s of adults volunteer to coach and lead our youth in extracurricular activities. From sports to scouts to music, parents give their time to guide both their own children and their neighbors in developing skills and interests on their journey to adulthood.

    Only one group – LCPS teachers – expect to be paid for this effort. Not only did Markwood get paid an excessive salary (no other person in the arts field receives nearly the compensation that LCPS teachers do since the former relies on supply/demand dynamics), but he whined and whined and whined about getting paid far more than LCPS coaches do. He is literally teaching our kids to be handout kinds and queens. This is contrary to everything we want our kids to learn.

    Meanwhile, our academic scores continue to drop. You can be the 100,000th best engineer, lawyer or doctor and make a great living. You cannot be the 1000th best artist and put food in your belly.

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