ACPS Educator Participates in MSDE Early Career and Rising Educator Roundtable
Brittany Chojar of Mountain Ridge Shares Ideas, Experiences
On Thursday, May 5, 2022, the Maryland State Board of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education hosted an Early Career and Rising Educator Virtual Roundtable. Representatives from several counties across Maryland participated, including chemistry and earth science teacher at Mountain Ridge High School, Brittany Chojar.
“We had a really great conversation about how to attract and retain teachers in Maryland. I was glad that I had an opportunity to join in this roundtable and share my thoughts,” stated Ms. Chojar, who is a first-year full-time teacher in Allegany County Public Schools.
As the nation recognized and celebrated teachers this week during Teacher Appreciation Week, the Maryland State Board of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education hosted this roundtable conversation that focused on several topics including teacher preparation programs and ideas for better supporting the recruitment and retention of early career educators.
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, Mohammed Choudhury, and Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) President, Cheryl Bost, co-facilitated this important discussion, which provided State Board members and MSDE staff the opportunity to learn from early career teachers and educators enrolled in teacher preparation programs.
“We know that the most important school-based factor in a student’s life is the educator in front of the classroom each day; teachers profoundly impact the positive trajectory of students’ lives,” said Superintendent Choudhury. “Ensuring that our teachers are getting the experience and skills they need to create equitable and welcoming learning environments across Maryland public schools is core to accelerating student learning and closing achievement gaps.”
“One of the most important things we can do during Teacher Appreciation Week—and every week—is to listen to the voices and ideas of our educators,” said MSEA President Bost. “As we’re facing challenging staffing shortages, we need to be thoughtful and deliberate about listening to educators and providing them with the resources, support, and opportunities to make sure that we continue to attract and keep diverse, outstanding educators in our profession and in our classrooms.”
Public input from this roundtable and other engagement initiatives will guide the development of the State Board and MSDE’s multi-year strategic plan and ensure every student in Maryland has excellent and equitable educational opportunities.