Minh David Pho sharing his STEM engineering design project with his cohort during a MAT residency weekend. Pictured with Christine Betley.

Stevenson University’s Master of Arts in Teaching student, Minh David Pho was recognized as a Maryland Teacher of Promise (TOP) by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Candidates are selected for this honor based on their high academic standing and strong potential to be an outstanding teacher. Minh was recommended by Stevenson University mentor Ann Horn. She notes, “Mr. Pho is a strong role model who makes positive connections with high school students. His attitude is always positive and professional…Students respect him and enjoy his class.”

The Teachers of Promise Program and Institute began as an outgrowth of the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program. Within this program, the most promising pre-service graduating seniors from Maryland colleges and universities are matched up with an accomplished mentor who will help guide them during the spring and summer transition period until the new teachers are placed in their schools.

During his studies with Stevenson’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Minh has demonstrated both professionalism and initiative as an intern in the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Ann Horn adds, “Mr. Pho incorporates inquiry based learning into his lesson plans…Students in his class collaborate to draw conclusions and to think critically…He is constantly reflecting on his lessons and makes adjustments from one class to the next.”

All Teacher of Promise honorees were invited to the tenth annual TOP Institute last week to meet leaders in education, the state superintendent, and executives from sponsoring organizations as well as previous TOP teachers.