State Board of Education Teacher Member Election

2022 Election Results

The Maryland State Department of Education will be conducted a statewide online election from March 7, 2022 through March 13, 2022, to fill the teacher member position on the State Board of Education (SBOE). The results are as follows:



Rachel McCusker 
2655 (27.4%)
Mary "Beth" Allen 
918 (9.5%)
Shawn Mitchell 
856 (8.8%)
Cashana Morrison 
778 (8.0%)
​Farhana Shah 
711 (7.3%)
​Katrina Helm 
​555 (5.7%)
​Nancy Anderson 
​540 (5.6%)
​Brooke Wentz 
​436 (4.5%)
​Janelle Brown 
​411 (4.2%)
​Stephanie Maddy 
​407 (4.2%)
​Michelle Ballenger 
​386 (4.0%)
​Jessica Cohen 
​305 (3.1%)
Sylvia Hill-Gilchrist 
270 (2.8%)
Kevin DePeel 
250 (2.6%)
Capathia Campbell 
213 (2.2%)


Total 9691

The candidate, Rachel McCusker, has earned the most votes and her name will be forwarded to the Governor for appointment to the SBOE. The appointed member's term will begin in July 2022. Interested individuals should be prepared to fulfill the State Board of Education Member Responsibilities.   


All teachers who hold an active Maryland Educator Certificate with at least one teaching area on January 1, 2022, will be eligible to cast one vote in the election.  Eligible certificate holders will receive a unique code that allows them to cast one vote.  This code will be delivered to the email address on file with the Maryland State Department of Education office of certification.  Keep your email address up to date through your certification portal account or by contacting to request your record be updated.

Announcement of Candidates

Brooke Wentz

Election Schedule 

December 3, 2021: Nomination Forms Available

January 1, 2022:  Date by which Candidates and Voters must hold Certification to Participate 
Prospective Candidates: If your Maryland certificate expires on December 31, 2021, and has not been renewed, you are required to work with your Local Education Agency (if employed) or MSDE (if employed in a nonpublic school)  to renew your certificate prior to the submission of your nomination.  

Voters:  All complete applications submitted by January 1, 2022, will be processed by February 23, 2022, allowing individuals to vote in the election.  

January 1, 2022 - January 31, 2022:  Nomination Period
Completed nomination forms must be submitted to during this period.  Nomination forms will not be accepted before 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2022, or after 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2022.  

The MSDE will not consider teachers as candidates if they fail to submit all of the information required by the nomination form

February 1, 2022 - February 15, 2022: Certification of Qualified Candidates
The MSDE will complete the review of nominees to determine eligibility of candidates.  

February 22, 2022:  Announcement of Candidates 
The list of eligible candidates will be posted to the MSDE website 

March 7, 2022 - March 13, 2022: Election Period
All teachers, as defined in COMAR 13A.12.02, with an active certificate on January 1, 2022, will be eligible to cast one vote in the election.  

April 11, 2022: Announcement of Election Results
Results will be announced on the MSDE website and will include the total number of votes received for each candidate.