Cheryl Bost has been an elementary classroom teacher in Baltimore County for more than 20 years. She is currently on leave to serve as MSEA vice president. Bost began as vice president on August 1, 2012.
Bost was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Edinboro University, earning a BS degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In 1989, Bost came to Maryland to begin her teaching career in Baltimore County Public Schools. She taught fourth grade for 14 years at Mars Estates Elementary, a Title I school, as well as fifth grade at Prettyboy Elementary. In 2003, Bost was named Baltimore County’s Teacher of the Year and was a state finalist. While teaching at Mars Estates, she started a summer camp for disadvantaged youth (grades 3-5) that included camping, swimming, and community service.
Bost comes from a strong union family. Her great-grandfather’s building in Homestead, Pennsylvania served as the headquarters for U.S. Steelworkers during the strike in 1892. Her grandfather was a union steward in the U.S. Steel mill, and her father retired as an air traffic controller during the Federal Aviation Administration strike under President Reagan after a 25-year career.
Bost has served in various leadership positions in the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, including membership committee chair, Board of Directors, vice president, and eight years as president. Bost was instrumental in bringing SPARKS, a program for new employees started in Washington State, to Baltimore County and counties throughout the state. As MSEA vice president, Bost led MSEA’s work with the State Board and legislators on the Every Student Succeeds Act state plan and implementation, and has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Maryland Education Development Collaborative Governing Board. In addition to her leadership and advocacy for public education, Bost is a strong activist for the Polycystic Kidney Foundation and Donate Life.
Bost resides in Carney, Maryland, but keeps close ties with her family in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.