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Teachers in the Making

February 12, 2013

Some kids grow up knowing what they want to be when they grow up. What might not be known is the path, or direction, they have to take to get to that point. For students interested in becoming teachers, the Danville and Pittsylvania County Public School systems provide a club – Teachers for Tomorrow Club – for its middle and high school students. Through this club, students study different components of teaching such as classroom management and service learning projects. They also have the opportunity to visit Averett and sit in on a college class.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the University's education department hosted 53 students from middle schools across the city. The students had the opportunity to learn about Averett and its education program.

"Hopefully this will keep these young people in the loop so that when they graduate they continue toward becoming teachers," said Dr. Pam Riedel, education professor. "They get the big picture of what becoming a teacher is all about.

"This program allows us to begin to foster a relationship with the students so they think of Averett when they start looking at colleges. It's a very good thing."

Averett has partnered with the two school systems in the Teachers for Tomorrow program for the last four to five years.