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Cheryl Bost

PRESIDENT, MARYLAND STATE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

bost-cherylCheryl Bost has been an elementary classroom teacher in Baltimore County for more than 25 years. She is currently on leave to serve as president of MSEA, the state’s largest teachers union, a post she assumed on Aug. 1, 2018.

During her tenure as the association’s president, Bost has been a strong proponent for the Kirwan Commission’s proposed education reforms and for instituting safeguards to protect teachers and students from COVID-19 in public schools.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

I learned as a 4th-grade teacher to build relationships and help kids have ownership in their own learning by listening to get to know them and allow them to know me, creating a safe space for social and academic growth and building on each student’s strengths. Too often today our kids have become numbers and test scores, and teachers are required to teach so much content we sometimes teach lessons, not kids.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

In my free time, I spend as much time as I can with my friends and family. I have great friends, and we love to get together to play cards, go on adventures, or just hang out — that’s being done via Zoom these days. I love the beach, because it is usually with my family and my time to unplug and not make decisions, except what time I’m going to the beach!

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at thedailyrecord.com or in our digital edition.