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Resident Teacher Reflections

Tavon Carroll, Cooper Lane Elementary School


"Becoming a teacher had always been a long-term goal of mine, but being an educator where I grew up (in Prince George's County) was my life's goal! Without the Resident Teacher Program, however, there is no way I would have been able to transition so smoothly into the teaching profession. Moving from the corporate meeting rooms to the classroom, it has been both mind-altering and challenging (in a good way) joining the program but I have not regretted a single moment. After joining the Resident Teacher Program, I feel prepared, energized, and encouraged to be joining the PGCPS teacher cohort!"

Merry Messina, Benjamin Tasker Middle School


When it was time for me to start back to work I really wanted to become a special education teacher. I looked into programs at different universities in the area. None of the programs fit the schedule nor had the programs I wanted. Then I heard about the Residency Program here in Prince George’s County Public School. The more I looked into the program the more I knew it was the perfect fit for me to achieve my goals. With the Residency Program being part of Prince George’s County Public School I have access to so many resources and people to support my growth as a teacher. When I have encountered an issue, and it has not happened often, I know if I contact someone in the Residency Department I will have an answer and more help than I need. The other reason I chose the Residency Program is because one of the programs is to obtain a special education certification. I am so glad I found the Residency Program and know it will help me become a better teacher!

Tiffany Thompson, Cooper Lane Elementary School


"The PGCRT Program allowed me to follow my dreams. As a career changer, it was pivotal for me to find a program that offered real world help to make a big transition into teaching. The first year is a roller coaster! The program requirements are challenging and require real time and effort, but there is always someone to help you along the way. This experience has been life changing, literally!"

Leta Davis, District Heights Elementary School 


When I realized I was called to enter the teaching profession, I knew that I would need substantial support in order to grow into the kind of educator my students deserved to have. The Resident Teacher Program has provided me with everything I could ever hope for in that regard. The summer training was fantastic. I have an incredible mentor with me in the classroom for  hours every day. The courses are comprehensive, and I have never felt so loved and supported in a professional setting in my life. If teaching is your dream, there is no better path than the PGCPS Resident Teacher Program.

Taylor Newkirk,  Bladensburg High School

Taylor-Newkirk.png"Being a part of the NDMU cohort has introduced me to a group of similarly-driven educators with a passion to better themselves in order to give their students the best classroom experiences possible. My instructor made me believe in my capabilities and my peers encouraged me to continue pursuing a career in education because our youth are the ones who will be taking care of our society, and receiving adequate education is imperative for them. The teacher residency program has equipped me with the tools needed to be a successful, intentional, and inspirational educator that other routes I considered would not have provided me with."

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Prince George's County Resident Teacher Program - Elementary Education


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Prince George's County Resident Teacher Program - ESOL

The Prince George's County Public Schools Resident Teacher Program is a Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program (MAAPP) that invites Conditional Teachers, paraprofessionals, substitute teachers, professionals interested in changing careers, and recent college graduates with degrees in fields other than education to participate in an alternative pathway to teacher certification. The Prince George's County Resident Teacher Program is an intensive, accelerated teacher training program designed to place credentialed, qualified educators in critical teacher shortage areas. 
We are currently accepting applications for the ESOL Education program.
PGCPS  school district serves over 47,000  international students representing 164 languages and 154 countries.  The growing need for ESOL educators is the inspiration for this focus area for the Resident Teacher Program. Accepted candidates will learn more about linguistics, second language acquisition, teaching reading and writing for our ESOL population and more! Do you want to make a difference in the lives of our ESOL students? Apply now!

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Resident Teacher Program Overview

PGCPS Resident Teacher Programs are Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Programs (MAAPP) designed for professionals interested in changing careers or recent college graduates with degrees in fields other than education. PGCPS Resident Teacher Programs are an alternate pathway to becoming a certified classroom teacher. They are intensive, accelerated teacher training programs that place credentialed, qualified educators in critical teacher shortage areas throughout the school system.

We are looking for individuals with a college degree who demonstrate flexibility, initiative, and a commitment to learning and growing. Ideal candidates possess a relentless drive to improve student learning and set high expectations for themselves, their colleagues, and children. We are also making a particular effort to recruit a diverse pool of candidates who will use their professional experience, subject matter knowledge, and record of achievement to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of students in Prince George’s County.

We are currently recruiting for the prospective candidates for our 2024-2025 cohorts!! Join Our Team! Become a Resident Teacher information video. 

Contact Information

Dr. LaChon Winston
Alternative Teaching Pathways Liaison (Resident Teacher Program)