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"Grow Your Own Teacher" Scholarship: Worcester Co.

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SALISBURY, Md. - Michelle Hammond knows a thing or two about education. In 2007, she was Maryland Teacher of the Year. Now, still teaching, she's a part of the "Grow Your Own Teacher Program" in Worcester County. The program offers scholarships encouraging students to pursue teaching degrees.

"We graduate, in Maryland, about 2,500 teachers a year, and as a state we need about 7,500 just to staff the classrooms and open the doors in the fall, and so there's a huge shortage," Michelle says of the current supply-and-demand of educators across the state.

Specifically, there's a shortage in what Michelle calls "critical areas."

"We have a lot of Elementary Ed. teachers that apply but the ones we're missing are Science, Math, Technology-Education, Foreign Language, and English as a second language," she says.

The scholarship is for $1,000 and is available to graduating Seniors in Worcester County.

Michelle says from new evaluation systems to the new Common Core Standards, education is changing, and they need to, well, "Grow teachers."

"You know, it's kind of a perfect storm right now in education, so we really need people who are in it to win it, and are looking for positive ways to change education to help us adapt to all the changes that are coming our way," she adds.

The deadline is April 30th. Applications are available in the guidance offices of all Worcester County public Schools.

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