Monocacy Elementary School is a proud Professional Development School (PDS), partnering with Hood College. A PDS is a collaboratively planned and implemented partnership for the academic and clinical preparation of interns and the continuous professional development of both school system and institution of higher education faculty. The focus of the PDS partnership is improved student performance through research-based teaching and learning. Through this opportunity, we are able to host intern teachers throughout the year in various capacities from observations to full-time teaching under highly-qualified mentor teachers.