The Teachers of Promise Program (TOP) and Institute began in 2007 as an outgrowth of the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program, a program of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The goals of thes program are to encourage the best and brightest college students to teach in Maryland and to provide a transition from student to first year teacher. The program capitalizes on the expertise of Teachers of the Year and other award-winning educators by matching them with promising pre-service seniors from Maryland colleges and universities. These are students that demonstrate high academic achievement and teaching skills as evidenced by their grades and student teaching. Mentors and protégés work together online during the spring and summer transition period until the new teachers are placed in their schools.
The MSM's education students selected to participate in the 2015 Maryland Teachers of Promise program are pictured left to right: Amanda Jedlowski, Rachel Teti, Nicole Presti, Rose Branzell, and Kelsey Wailes.