HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) — Not every high school student immediately knows which career to choose.
However, as Jaylyn Teague would say, she always wanted to be a teacher. A new program in Harrison County called the Teachers Academy makes that more possible than ever.
“My math teacher actually nominated me to be part of the teachers’ academy. So when I got that, I was super excited and I was like, I can be a teacher,” Teague said.
The inaugural teacher academy class has 28 students from West Harrison, D’Iberville and Harrison Central High Schools. The goal is to nurture the next generation of education leaders who will hopefully return to teach in Harrison County in the future.
The Harrison County School District launched the teachers’ academy to address the shortage of teachers in its schools, the ripple effect of a longstanding nationwide problem.
“There’s a lot of negativity when it comes to the world of education, and I want them to see that by being in the classroom you can overcome that and working with these students is amazing,” Heather Cates said. , the program instructor.
Students who complete the program may be eligible for a four-year, $10,000 scholarship to William Carey University. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College also offers a two-year scholarship.
Over the next two years, teachers academy students will take courses to learn essential skills such as lesson planning, human growth and development, and what it takes to be an effective teacher.
“Sometimes you have to be patient with the students because they don’t always understand the first time,” said teacher academy student Jeremy Bosarge.
Later, they can gain hands-on experience in the classroom by working with teachers from other schools.
“Through experience, I’ve learned that you have to have a connection with the students because a kid won’t learn from someone they don’t like,” Teague said.
The school district hopes that one day students will be inspired to return to Harrison County and return the favor.
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