John Billingslea, Social Studies, 11-12 grades
Baltimore County – Franklin High School
John Billingslea, a graduate of Washington College and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland with degrees in psychology and educational leadership, became a teacher in Baltimore County Public Schools in 1994. Currently teaching AP social studies at Franklin High School in Reisterstown, he was named College Board AP Teacher of the Year in 2005 and works with many state and national professional associations. In addition to his success as an educator – his students alone account for nearly 30 percent of Franklin’s AP test-takers – he is also a champion of “the artistry of teaching,” dedicated to promoting the profession, teacher recruitment and teacher retention.