New Elective Targets Future Teachers

The Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow elective aims to address the teacher shortage and fill the need in Virginia

(Photo Credit: www.augusta.k12.va.us)

(Photo Credit: www.augusta.k12.va.us)

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Scheduling season is coming up and many students are thinking about the classes they want to take next school year. For anyone who is thinking about becoming a teacher in the future, you’re in luck. A new elective, the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow, will give students the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience. Students will make their own lesson plan and then teach it to elementary school students.

Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow, or Teacher Cadets class, aims “to identify, train and nurture high school students interested in a teaching career.” Current Family Consumer Sciences teacher Mrs. Agnes Fields will teach the course. “Students will experience the profession as they are guided through the history of education, experience the classroom and become acquainted with teachers on a personal and professional level.  This includes a brief internship in a classroom setting,” said Fields.

There is a teacher shortage all across the nation, especially in Virginia. The Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow course is designed “to attract teacher candidates from high school students to the field of education through exposure to a world-class curriculum and hands-on experience that focuses on teaching,” according to Virginia’s Department of Education (VDOE) website. “It is strongly felt that ‘grow your own’ and high school programs capturing the interests of potential teachers may be one strategy toward resolving this challenge.”

In addition to learning the skills needed to become a future educator, students in this elective will have access to college scholarships, internships and summer employment. Students who successfully complete the course will receive an honor cord to wear at their senior graduation.

Students here at Hylton already have positive comments about the new elective.

“I think it’s great that there’s a program designed specifically for high schoolers who want to be teachers,” said junior Rodney Okyere.

Space is limited, so sign up with your counselor as soon as possible. If you like working with children and have a desire to make a difference in the lives of students, this is your calling!

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