Western Super Power: It's About the Teachers

The Finest Tradition of Teaching

We honor Western’s extraordinary faculty and applaud students pursuing a college and career path through our Teacher Academy of Maryland. That is because we know the bedrock of a great education and daily inspiration is the teachers! That’s why Western leaders recruit teachers early and often to join a stellar faculty. That’s why Western was chosen by the state of Maryland to offer one of only two Teacher Academy programs in Baltimore City Schools.

Historically and now, Western has an incredible team of smart, diverse, enthusiastic teachers. First hand, we know what makes teachers great, and that’s what our city, state and country need now! In 2023, Western High School Foundation will focus on our teaching legacy, current faculty and our Teacher Academy of Maryland.  

Read on to learn more about Western’s Teacher Academy of Maryland!

Teacher Academy of Maryland
The Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) is a Career and Technology Education. This program focused on creating teacher candidates for grades K-12. High school students will complete a four-course sequence that ends in twelfth grade. TAM graduates can earn college credit and scholarship money. 


  • Students in the Academy have the opportunity to conduct formal observations, develop and deliver lesson plans in a K-12 setting and participate in special events and activities.
  • Academy coursework focuses on development, learning theory, positive and effective class management and discipline, curriculum delivery models and the creation of developmentally-appropriate curriculum and learning environments. 
  • Required Academy courses are augmented by a mandatory Education Academy Internship which our Western students find extremely valuable in solidifying their interest in teaching and guiding them in college selections.
  • Students who are preparing for a career in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary Teaching, who earn grades of B or higher in a required Academy courses, may earn college credits from Towson University, Stevenson University, Coppin State University, Salisbury, Hood or St. Mary’s College.

Western’s TAM lead educator is Dr. Jacqueline G. Krikorian, M.A.T., Ph.D. 


In 2023, Western High School Foundation hosted a festive Golden High Tea to honor our exceptional teachers and support the Teacher Academy of Maryland. If you would like to work with us on our 2024 plans, please fill out your interest form below!

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Thank you for supporting our
Golden High Tea and Steeped in Excellence Campaign!

Our heartfelt thanks to all who attended and contributed – alumnae, community leaders and area university and college deans.

Special thank yous to the generous distant alumnae who could not attend but donated and now proudly carry their Golden Tote Bags coast to coast!

We invite you to keep in touch to support Western High School’s legacy of light,

Western High School Foundation and the Golden High Tea Steering Committee

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