Maxwell D.

Urban Teachers Resident

The residency year is challenging, but the days don’t seem quite so long when you have classmates you enjoy spending time with and professors you enjoy learning from. Our cohort is pretty tight. I genuinely enjoy spending time with the other people in my cohort. We have a group chat where we share tips for lessons and just keep each others’ spirits high.

I’m at City Springs Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, co-teaching humanities with Mr. Patterson. I feel really lucky to be with my host teacher. He knows what he’s doing, but he’s still pretty flexible. He’s always telling me he’s going to learn as much from me as I am from him.

I’ve had a few situations where I’ve overheard students talking about me, saying they feel respected and valued in class. That’s a pretty great feeling. This is a very demanding career path, but a very worthy cause. I feel like I’m doing good, not just for my own future, but for my students.