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Six Teachers of the Year Have Ties to MICUA Institutions

Each year, Maryland’s 24 local school systems honor their best teachers through the Teacher of the Year program. This year, six alumni from MICUA member institutions were named Teacher of the Year at the county level: Loyola University Maryland graduates: Brianna Chanelle Ross (Baltimore County), Lauren Byrd (Harford County), and Adrin Leak (Prince George’s County); Johns Hopkins University graduates: Amy Woolf (Howard County) and Stephanie MacKenzie (Queen Anne's County); and Goucher College graduate: Jon Logan Webster (Somerset County). On October 7, 2021, Brianna Chanelle Ross was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year!

In seven of the last ten years, the statewide Maryland Teacher of the Year winner has graduated from a MICUA school. During that same time, three of the State winners went on to be recognized in the National Teacher of the Year competition: a 2012-2013 runner-up was a McDaniel College graduate; the 2013-2014 winner was a Goucher College graduate; and a 2016-2017 runner-up graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Of MICUA's 13 members, 10 prepare highly qualified teachers for Maryland primary and secondary education classrooms through State-approved teacher preparation programs. Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland award the largest number of graduate Education degrees in Maryland. Across all degree levels, MICUA institutions award 50% of the Education degrees in the State. Stevenson University was the first institution in Maryland to offer a middle school certification program; and several MICUA institutions offer unique programs for the teaching of students with special needs.