Helping Future Teachers Shine Bright

We’re seeing a budding interest across the country in getting ‘grow your own’ programs right,” said Educators Rising Co-Director Dan Brown. “With so much cooperation and support across the district, HCPSS is really positioning itself as a leader in this area.”

Noelle Mineart and Katie Noecker are two products of HCPSS teacher preparation programs and now teach at River Hill High School. Mineart, a special education teacher specializing in mathematics, graduated from college on several scholarships after completing the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM). Noecker participated in an earlier version of the teacher program at River Hill, which helped prepare her to return to her alma mater as a special education teacher and now its TAM teacher.

HCPSS offers a variety of teacher prep programs, including: Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM): HCPSS offers TAM, a state program designed to create a pipeline of homegrown teachers to fill critical shortage areas. Offered at 10 high schools, academy students can earn an instructional assistant certification and up to six college credits, representing a significant savings in college tuition. Approximately 250 HCPSS TAM students have graduated in just the last five years.

Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T): Last school year, HCPSS and McDaniel College launched T4T. The innovative college scholarship program supports creating a diverse workforce in Howard County, while providing higher education access to academically talented students with limited financial resources.

Educators Rising: All HCPSS high schools offer Educators Rising Career and Technical Student Organizations where students have access to national resources, networking, college field trips, scholarship opportunities and more.

Learn more about HCPSS teacher preparation programs.