Prospective teachers tour county schools
STEVENSVILLE — Prospective teachers from Bowie State University toured four Queen Anne’s County schools on Friday, March 18. The plan to develop a partnership with Bowie State began last year, said Brad Engel, supervisor in Curriculum and Instruction for QACPS.
“Historically Bowie State [located in Prince George’s County] is a minority school,” said Engel, adding Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Williamson believes that developing a partnership with schools such as Bowie will encourage them to see Queen Anne’s County as a viable place to seek employment after they graduate.
Williamson, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Gregory Pilewski and school board member Arlene Taylor, along with Engel, participated in the tour of Bayside and Kent Island elementary schools, Stevensville Middle and Kent Island High School. The 29 students, who are seniors at Bowie State, were able to visit the schools and participate in informal interviews with the principals and administrators at the schools. Resumes were also collected. They will be eligible for employ- ment after graduation this spring.
“The students from Bowie State were impressed,” said Engel. “They said they felt like they could really see themselves working here.”
Engel said that even though Queen Anne’s county is geographically close to the D.C. and Baltimore area, he believes the county is often overlooked, and affordable housing for recent graduates tends to be a factor.
Engel said QACPS is working towards a similar partnership with Howard University in D.C.
“It is important to create diversity,” said Williamson, “because diversity benefits everyone.”