Carroll Educator Elected to Teacher Member Position on State Bd. of Ed.
Westminster, MD
12/18/2019 11:35 AM

The Maryland State Department of Education has announced that Rachel McCusker, a vocal music teacher at Linton Springs Elementary School, has been elected by her peers to fill the newly created teacher member position on the State Board of Education.


The election was required by state legislation passed last spring (Senate Bill 529/House Bill 87) which increased the State Board membership from 12 to 14 members, to include a teacher and a parent. More than 8,200 votes were cast during polling in November, representing over 9% of eligible voters, which consisted of teachers who hold an active Maryland teaching certificate.


According to Superintendent of Schools Steven Lockard, “I am very proud that the first teacher chosen for the State Board position is coming from Carroll County. This is a tremendous honor for both Rachel and our school system. Her selection speaks to her passion and commitment as an educator, and I know that she will do an outstanding job serving as a voice for teachers throughout the state.”


McCusker has a strong record of leadership, advocacy, working collaboratively, and fighting for a broad, inclusive, student-focused vision of public education. She earned her BS in Music Education from Towson University and her MS in School Administration from McDaniel College. She was named Carroll County Teacher of the Year in 2015.


According to Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association, “Rachel has a tremendous commitment to our students and our profession. Her steady advocacy and determination to make things better for every student, educator, school, and community will make her an outstanding member of the State Board.”


McCusker’s name has been forwarded to the Governor for the next steps in the appointment process. The term of the appointment will be two years and six months. 

Rachel McCusker
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