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HCPSS Staff Recognized for Teachers of Color Recruitment Event

May 23rd, 2019

The HCPSS Board Chair and Superintendent join four HCPSS staff recognized for Teachers of Color Recruitment Event

At the May 21 Board of Education meeting, Human Resources and Professional Development, and School Management and Instructional Leadership staff members–Ella Bradley, Kitesha Ford, Jason McCoy and Patty Otero–were honored for creating and hosting HCPSS’ first Teachers of Color recruitment event.

“Here in Howard County, we value employing a staff that is not only incredibly talented, but reflects the diversity of our student body and community,” said HCPSS Superintendent Michael J. Martirano during his Board remarks. “Your efforts helped break down barriers and demonstrate why this is an amazing place to teach.”

The recruitment event included a day full of student performances, conversations, school tours, a panel discussion and interviews for the more than 160 participants who represented nationalities from around the globe and most from outside this county. The event was made possible in part thanks to a grant from Maryland State Department of Education and support from HCEA.

The Teachers of Color event is part of a larger recruitment effort to diversify HCPSS’ workforce, which includes an emphasis on open contracts, “grow your own” programs, competitive salaries and more. Forbes magazine recognized HCPSS as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity for 2019, and the top ranked school system in the country for this category.