Red River schools are offering the Louisiana Pre-Educator Pathway to interest high school students in becoming educators. Rene Hester reported on their progress at the monthly school board meeting.
Hester began by noting that 60% of teachers teach within 20 miles of where they went to school. She said, “Our educator riser students are working through dual enrollment with universities and technical schools.” She noted that the program will cultivate highly skilled educators through a grow your own imitative.
The instructor of the program is Nicole Bailey. She told the board, “This gives the student some background on what it is like to be an educator. It differs from traditional teacher education in that students identify an area of interest and spend more time with a teacher in that study area. It gives them an opportunity while still in high school to get their experience and knowledge of the subject.
Student JaNya White came to the meeting and said, ”I am a junior this year. I have wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember. I enjoy the first and second grade with the kids. It is really fun and I enjoy the opportunity.
Hester said this is the first year. We currently have three high schoolers in the program. And we hope to grow it in coming years.
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