job Opportunities

 For more information, please contact our Associate Director, Dr. Anisha Campbell, at 301-405-0645 or

Terrapin Teachers (TT) is hiring two individuals for shared positions with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). An Algebra 2 math position has been created at Paint Branch High School and a biology position at Northwood High School. The individuals occupying each of these Shared MCPS-UMD Master Teacher positions will be hired as full-time employees of MCPS. They will retain all pay, benefits, and will accrue years of seniority as employees of MCPS, and will continue as, or return to being, full-time MCPS teachers when their term as Shared Master Teachers ends.  To learn more about Terrapin Teachers, please visit 


●      For three years, the individuals in these shared Master Teacher positions will work 40% time in their HS and 60% in the Terrapin Teachers program.  These individuals will teach within their subject area at their high school with a workload approximately equivalent to a 0.4 appointment (2 periods), as described by Montgomery County Public Schools.

●      The individuals chosen for these positions will identify an innovation in teaching with potential to contribute to the buildings school improvement plan. Over the three years, they will pilot this innovation in their MCPS classrooms and share what they are learning with others in their school building and throughout the county.

●      The individuals in these positions serve as a bridge between the Terrapin Teachers program and their high school. They will contribute to PDS partnership development.  The individuals must know how to access information about the district’s curriculum, school schedules, and other logistics. They must develop and maintain strong personal contacts with other teachers and administrators in their high schools.

●      Terrapin Teachers (TT) On-Campus Master Teacher responsibilities (60%)

○      Teaching and supporting students (40%): Master Teachers are the lead instructors for the TT introductory classes (TLPL 101 and TLPL 102), which explore the profession of teaching through coursework and early fieldwork opportunities.  They may also teach, co-teach, or otherwise support other courses depending on their discipline and the needs of the program.  Master Teachers help students with lesson design and give personal advice that builds strong connections to the program.  Potential TT teaching workload is involvement in 1-2 courses per semester that meet once per week each in the late afternoons and early evenings.   

○      Supervising field experiences (10%): Master Teachers observe lessons and provide feedback to TT students from any of the courses involving fieldwork experiences.  Observations will include undergraduates and graduate students completing their internships, especially any interns with paid internships at Paint Branch or Northwood High Schools.

○      Committees (5%): Master Teachers constitute part of the TT Steering Committee as well as other TT/College of Education committees as appointed by the program.

○      Program development and other activities (5%): Master Teachers will be expected to undertake other activities with respect to TT including, but not limited to:

■      Present at local, state, and national conferences,

■      Design and implement local professional development, and

■      Write and administrate grants.

This position will likely involve teaching at the high school in the mornings.  A physical presence on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus will not necessarily be required every day; some telecommuting may be possible.  The specific times on the UMD campus will likely vary each semester and be based on program needs and will be decided by the TT Associate Director and program co-directors. The position may require travel throughout Montgomery County and Prince George’s County to work with teachers and students in the schools, attendance at meetings with high school teachers and supervisors, etc.   The position also requires two or more out-of-state trips/year to attend UTeach national conference and other related meetings.  Summer activities as negotiated may include participation in UMD summer programs and course development.  The position provides opportunities for professional instructional growth that will contribute to the school improvement plan.  Other opportunities for professional growth will be available, e.g., enrolling in graduate courses at the University.

PAY LEVEL - determined by MCPS

POSITION – These positions are available to teachers who are eligible to be MCPS teachers, even if not currently employed by MCPS. If not already an MCPS employee, each Shared Master Teacher will be hired as a full-time employee by Montgomery County Public Schools, with approximately 60% of their position for the three-year period with Terrapin Teachers involving University of Maryland Master Teacher responsibilities. The position with Terrapin Teachers is a 10-month contractual position with initial appointment for three years, contingent on satisfactory performance, with options for renewal, followed by the person returning full-time to her/his MCPS school.  Negotiated duties with Terrapin Teachers during the summer will be compensated by the university.  The MCPS position includes salary, retirement, health insurance, and all benefits of State employees through Montgomery County Public Schools.


  • Current MCPS teachers:  If you are already an employee of MCPS, application should be made through the MCPS website.
  • Non-Current MCPS teachers:  Individuals interested in the position but who are notnow MCPS employees should email their resume and an indication of their interest in the position to Dr. Anisha Campbell at by 5 PM on March 20th
  • All Applicants:  All applicants should submit additional information by the close of business, 5 pm, on Wednesday, March 22.  This information must include a cover letter that addresses the following questions: What about this shared master teacher position do you find exciting?  Why do you consider yourself to be well-qualified for this position? Please send these materials directly to Dr. Campbell at
  • In addition, all applicants are also encouraged to submit up to three additional artifacts that would help the search committee to understand the applicant's philosophy of education and provide evidence of teaching effectiveness.  The nature of this request has intentionally been left open for you to select the artifact you feel best represents you and/or your teaching. Please send these materials as well to Dr. Campbell at

Remember: Non-MCPS employee applicants must submit their cover letter and resume to Dr. Anisha Campbell at no later than close of business, 5 pm, on March 20th. MCPS employee applications must be submitted through the MCPS website by the same deadline.

Application date for best consideration is March 20, 2017, with the additional information submitted to Dr. Campbell by the March 22nd deadline.

Up to one month of summer salary is available in the Summer of 2017 to support collaboration with current Master Teachers and to review course materials. Preferred full-time start date is no later than August 16, 2017.  The first day of UMD classes is August 28, 2017.