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New/Beginning Teacher Salary and Fringe Benefits
Calvert County Public Schools offers a competitive teacher salary and benefits package. First year teachers with a bachelor’s degree are paid $44,600 for the 2009-2010 school year. Benefits include an excellent health insurance package, free term life insurance, sick leave, personal business leave and tuition reimbursement for graduate courses.
I would advise applicants to consider teaching in Calvert County schools because "teachers feel very supported by Principals and communities." Lyndsay Clark, SUNY Oswego
New/Beginning Teacher Support
The New/Beginning Teacher program is designed to assist new professionals in adapting to a new environment and profession. The program consists of two full in-service days before the veteran staff returns. In addition, New/Beginning Teachers are required to meet for five (5) two-hour sessions scheduled in the fall. Additional sessions are offered in the spring semester (i.e., Legal Issues, Special Education, Service Learning, and Differentiated Instruction). The New/Beginning Teacher Classes can be taken for three (3) MSDE credits or three (3) College of Notre Dame of MD graduate credits. All new teachers are assigned a mentor teacher who will assist on-site throughout the school year.
I chose to teach in Calvert County because "it is a community not a corporation. It has a smaller district feel.” Jamie Kocik, Elmira College
Calvert County Public Schools teachers have access to computers with Internet capability. In addition, all student grades are maintained using electronic grade book software. Smart Board technology is available in many of our classrooms.
Of the many advantages to teaching in Calvert County, I most value"the high level of support and involvement from all levels." Abigail Gerwin, Grove City College
Each teacher is allotted time daily for preparation and planning.
Of the many advantages to teaching in Calvert County, I most value "having more planning time built into the day, with much of it being collaborative planning." John Urban III, St. Vincent College
Distinguished Schools and Staff
Calvert County Public Schools continues to rank in the top 10% of schools systems in Maryland in the area of student achievement. Our staff is very active as presenters at state and national conferences.
I would advise applicants to consider teaching in Calvert County schools because "staff here go above and beyond the call of duty." Wendy Jones, University of NC, Wilmington
Rich Extracurricular Programs
A variety of extra-curricular activities are available in our schools. Musically inclined students may perform in the band, orchestra or chorus. Others may participate in dramatic productions and/or in various intramural and interscholastic sports. School, county and regional science and history fairs are held yearly. Teachers sponsor many clubs of interest to the students at each school. Regional verbal and math contests are also popular with students.
The school newspaper and yearbook are student-produced. Some students are elected to student council and National Honor Society.
I would advise applicants to consider teaching in Calvert County schools because "the people that work here have been so amazing.” Carol Quigg, Loyola College in MD
Social activities, including dances, are sponsored on both the high school and middle school levels. Students in elementary schools may participate in a variety of after school clubs.
School facilities in Calvert County Public Schools are in great shape, thanks to the dedicated efforts of our maintenance and custodial staff. The Maryland State Department of Education inspects several schools in each jurisdiction every year and our schools have always received one of the two highest ratings. Our schools are modern, well-kept, and provide a wonderful learning and teaching atmosphere for our students and teachers.
I'm glad I was employed by the Calvert County Public Schools because"it is a county that seems dedicated to helping students succeed." James Ritter, St. Mary's College of MD
Strong Interscholastic Athletics
Calvert County Public Schools offers a wide variety of middle school, junior varsity and varsity sports including Golf, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball, Football, Field Hockey, Basketball, Wrestling, Softball, Baseball, Track, Swimming and Lacrosse. Our athletic success is second to none in the state. Calvert County Public Schools is a great place to coach and teach.
I chose to teach in Calvert County because"of the reputation of the school system's support for both students and teachers.” Bronwynn Howard, University of Georgia
Students of the Calvert County Public School System enjoy a comprehensive Arts Education program from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Elementary music courses include general and choral music with instrumental music instruction (strings and band) beginning in Grade 4. Visual art instruction is offered in every grade from Kindergarten through Grade 12. High School Visual Art classes include painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Middle School music programs include concert band, orchestra, chorus and general music. These types of performing groups continue through high school with the addition of numerous choral groups, jazz bands and marching bands. Students are taught by state certified music and art educators at all grade levels. Music groups perform at regional and state festivals, and art students exhibit their artwork at local and state exhibits. Dance and Theater classes are offered at the high school level.
I chose to teach in Calvert County because"there is good support for the arts, location, full-time position, great music progam.” Ransom Denk, Western Michigan University
Innovation and Creativity
Calvert County Public Schools employs innovative and creative approaches to financing, employee compensation, meeting the diverse needs of students, curriculum development, instruction, and community involvement.
I'm glad I was employed by the Calvert County Public Schools because"i have a great respect for the administration, staff and employees. In addition, the curriculum is very clear and organized.” Christine Constantine, Bowie State University
Calvert County continues to be a safe, desirable community where families seek to relocate.
All Calvert County schools have a closed campus policy. Only students, staff, and authorized visitors are allowed on campuses during the school day. Students at all grade levels must remain on campus unless authorized to leave. All Calvert County schools and facilities are well lit and well maintained.
Certification and re-certification fees paid.
Salary advances for first-year teachers.
Waiver of background check fees.
Stipend of $2,500 to NBPTS certification holders.
Shared cost for Calvert County Public School tuition for teachers' children who reside outside of Calvert County.
$1,000 bonus for critical shortage areas as determined by the Board of Education.
$2,500 stipend for Speech Language Pathologist's with current ASHA Certification.
$5,000 Signing Bonus for Speech Language Pathologists.
A smoke-free environment for all students and employees.
A supportive environment for innovation and creativity.
A special education program that is innovative and provides services to meet the individual needs of students.
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