Max Rosado taught for eight years in Puerto Rico, but this year he will be starting over as an elementary Spanish teacher at Woodholme Elementary School in Baltimore County, lured away from his home by promises of greater opportunities.
He acknowledges being a bit anxious for the first day of school, which begins this morning.
“But I am really, really ready for a challenge,” he said. “I feel humbled to be at this school.”
As schools open Tuesday, thousands of new teachers — at least 6,000 — will join the state’s teaching ranks, recruited from as far away as Puerto Rico and Texas to fill positions created by a growing teacher shortage.
Rosado was one of 900 teachers...