Juniors to Teach Middle School

photo by: Jake Miller

photo by: Jake Miller

East Texas University is beginning a new Teaching program in conjunction with Pinebox Middle School.  “This is a great pilot program that enables our teaching majors to get classroom experience and log hours for their graduation requirements, and assists our local school district that is consistently short of qualified substitute teachers,” said Associate Dean Linda  Taylor of the ETU Education department.

“I think its a great opportunity for us,” said Sophomore education major, Lita Davis.  “I love the idea of molding young minds and helping them to realize what is truly important in life.”

Pinebox Middle School suffered greatly earlier this year when three students and a teacher went missing following an afternoon tutorial session.  None of which have since been found and the investigation is still ongoing.  Since then, the school has had a very difficult time finding qualified substitutes willing to work in the district.

“The truth is, people are scared.  But , honestly, we have beefed up security, added cameras, and we believe we have a safe, educational environment here in Pinebox,”  said Superintendent of Schools, Mat Lowery.

The new program is ready to be implemented in August of 2009 and involves student educators co-teaching with experienced teachers for a month, then becoming long-term substitutes for the remainder of the school year.  The students are paid as substitutes and receive four hours of course work for their efforts.

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