More than 300 teachers receive national board certification
Maryland added 307 new board-certified teachers to its ranks this year, a 22 percent increase from last year. We now have 1,669 board-certified teachers in the state, about a third of whom are in Montgomery County.
Anne Arundel County, though, which is relatively small compared to others in the metro region, has the second highest number. That county added 48 new teachers this year. The question may be why isn't the city in the game here? The top five school systems in the state based on the number of national board-certified teachers are Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Carroll and Baltimore counties.
The state ranks seventh in the number of board-certified teachers it added this year. and 14th in the nation for the total number. Here is a list of the state's new board certified teachers.
The designation is something of a prize for teachers because it means they have been through a certification process that is far more rigorous than getting a regular teachers certificate. These teachers have to spend a good deal of time and energy on the process, but they are paid extra. The state will match a the salary increase from local school systems up to $1,000, except for teachers who are in high-needs schools. Those teachers will receive up to $2,000 more.