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Why Baltimore?

Baltimore is a city on the rise, and its leaders recognize that great teachers are key to that progress. The city draws talented educators who are committed to the lifelong success of students.


Since 2002, the Baltimore City Teaching Residency (BCTR) has trained over 2,000 teachers who have helped transform city schools. Despite recent progress, the need remains great – more than a third of students still do not graduate on schedule. Principals and district officials appreciate Residents’ talent and trust they will continue playing a key role in ensuring that Baltimore students catch up to their peers.


Over the past decade, Residents have excelled in the classroom and branched into leadership roles at the school and district level. Today, one in ten of City Schools teachers entered teaching through BCTR. “BCTR is supportive and good at connecting teachers. That really helps when you’re trying to develop as a teacher,” said Resident Matt Piwowarczyk.


Top teachers have the opportunity to expand their roles and can earn more than $85,000 early in their careers, ranking Baltimore among the top-paying districts in Maryland. “If you’re producing in the classroom, regardless of age, you can really increase your income. It’s gratifying to be valued for your contributions,” said Resident Jeniqua Moran.


Residents describe Baltimore as “a small city – everyone knows everyone – with the attractions of a big city.” The local pride is reflected in the most recent cohort: nearly 69% of Residents hail from Maryland and 35% from Baltimore City. Spend a day getting lost at the Walter’s Art Museum in Mount Vernon, enjoy marine life at the National Aquarium in the Inner Harbor, devour a crab cake at Lexington Market, or enjoy a waterside brunch in Fell’s Point. Baltimore has something for everyone. 

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