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On Oct. 7, the McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C., honored seven Teacher of the Year nominees from counties in the area, with special “McTeacher” of the Year celebrations.

The restaurant honored the 2013-2014 Calvert County Teacher of the Year, Jon Cox, of Southern Middle School, donating a portion of all sales earned during the event to Cox’s school and presenting Cox with several surprise gifts, a press release states.

The McDonald’s of Greater D.C. matched the amount raised for Southern Middle School and announced this week that it has donated $300 to the school and a total of $6,100 throughout the seven counties in Maryland that are within the Greater Washington, D.C., area.

McDonald’s annually honors Maryland’s Teachers of the Year as the official sponsor of The Teacher of the Year Annual Cruise and Gala, and will be presenting the 2013-2014 Maryland Teacher of the Year winner with an Apple iPad and a $10,000 donation to their school at the Gala on Oct. 11, according to the release. McDonald’s has served as an official sponsor to the Maryland State Department of Education for more than 25 years.

Cox earned his bachelor’s in elementary education from Salisbury University and his master’s in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College. A recipient of two technology grants courtesy of the Maryland E-Portfolio Project and Dominion Energy, he has a genuine charisma and passion for creative, high-quality mathematics instruction, the release states. A Salisbury University summa cum laude graduate and 2006 commencement exercise speaker, Cox works at the county and state level developing and critiquing curriculum. As a 2009 MOD-MSA standard setting team member, he encourages students to take responsibility for achievement through the implementation of the “Co-taught D.A.S.H for Success.”