Teach Tennessee brings new math, science teachers to profession

Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 3:47pm

Nashville classes will be taught next school year by a slew of new-to-the-profession teachers, courtesy of several programs designed to attract newcomers to education. The state Department of Education has announced that participants in the Teach Tennessee program will join the crowd this fall.

Teach Tennessee is a statewide, Department of Education-run program that draws mid-career professionals, retirees and others to teach math and science classes. The program will train its seventh class this summer, and will deploy 36 teachers from 20 Tennessee counties into classrooms this fall.

Three Davidson County residents have been accepted to the program, and will apply for public school jobs at the end of this summer. Teach Tennessee teachers, if hired by Metro Nashville Public Schools, will join the larger number of non-traditional teachers set to be trained by Teach for America and the New Teacher Project. Teach for America and New Teacher Project teachers debut in Nashville this fall.

This year’s class of Teach Tennessee “fellows” includes an engineer, a banker, a veterinarian, and other professionals. The program works specifically to train math and science teachers.

“As we implement the Tennessee Diploma Project this fall, and increase math and science graduation requirements, it will be imperative that we get more math and science teachers into the classroom,” said DOE Commissioner Tim Webb in a statement. “Teach Tennessee is a program that helps us do just that.”

Teach Tennessee provides a path to licensure, but does not guarantee job placements. Program participants pay the fees associated with any college credit courses they will be expected to take, as well as the cost of licensure exams.

Visit tn.gov/education/teachtn for more information about the program.

7 Comments on this post:

By: dogmrb on 6/4/09 at 9:33

And who might the "Three Davidson County residents have been accepted to the program" be? Do you know and why not tell us who they are and their qualifications? Otherwise, why write such a comment?

By: michael thomas on 6/5/09 at 5:59

Here we go again another program geared for more waste to cover themselves. There are more programs now than i can remember. when i went to school we did not have all these programs and special people doing special planning. We learned the old fashoin way thru the books and not computers and gadgets. Some parents need to take the time to teach at home first and if they cannot do that then they need to go to the school to see what they are learning. I can truly say beyond the shadow of a doubt that a lot of things are still going on in these schools that parents do not know. For instance students are in the hallways and the restroom more than they are in class. Second the teachers mainly hang in the office or the library gossipping or leaving the building to handle personal business. I see these things all the time that is why i know what i am talking about. I know every school building is different but if bransford want to make a change in its approach to teaching the students they need to physically go to the schools unanounced and see what is really going on.

By: courier37027 on 6/5/09 at 6:51

Once the teachers' unions get their hands on these new hires, expect mediocrity.

By: nashpar on 6/5/09 at 4:44

Glad to see a different effort and something new being tried. I'm wililng to give it a chance. Will stay tuned to see what the results are.

By: grapa on 6/6/09 at 10:32

An engineer, veterinarian and other professional are turning to the field of education. A mid-level professional changing a career makes me skeptical.

A crucial criteria for hiring a 'new' teacher is working experience; such as moving or changing of jobs and how frequent. I am not sure this bodes well for these people.

Will they be automatically hired because of the pressure of being in the 'state' program. Just how long are these courses?

How can a person learn to be in a classroom setting in a few weeks? Teachers are questioned more often about being prepared or highly educated after 4 and 5 years of training? How much pressure will these people be able to handle and the high expectations will drive them out?

If it works all is well. But, if one fails how much patience do the others get? Do they also recieve the extra pay going into low performing schools?

A lot of questions to be answered!

By: GeometryGeek on 2/22/11 at 10:08

Nowadays math in schools are at very horrible level. Teachers are weak and can't teach young generation not only math itself, but a desire to teach anything. There is no surprice, that many students get geometry help on sites, like geometry help
If we don't shange this now - soon all our scientists will be chinese and russians.

By: GeometryGeek on 2/22/11 at 10:10

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