Recent college grads encouraged to become teachers

Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 12:34am
Staff reports

Teach Tennessee, a program designed to get teachers into the classroom in the hard-to-fill areas of math, science and foreign language, recently expanded to include new college graduates. It previously included only mid-career, non-teaching professionals.

An engineer, a chemist and a math tutor are among the 27 individuals from 17 counties in the inaugural Commissioner’s Fellows branch that got underway this week in Knoxville and Oak Ridge.

The program, which offers an alternative path to receiving a state teaching license, allows professionals to use their college education and experience in the classroom. They must commit to spend the summer learning the ropes to becoming a teacher.

Administered by Tennessee Department of Education, Teach Tennessee seeks persons who are dedicated, motivated and have a desire to help the children in grades 7-12.

Since the launch of Teach Tennessee five years ago, 200 fellows have been licensed to teach, and 83 percent of them have stayed in the field.

There are three fellows from Davidson County in the inaugural class. For a complete list of fellows, visit www.teachtennessee.org