Jacksonville Teacher Residency

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Jacksonville is one of three Florida cities receiving new federal AmeriCorps grants for teacher training.

AmeriCorps announced Wednesday eight Florida education programs will get funding from $5.7 million in competitive grants.

Wendy Spencer is CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the agency that administers AmeriCorps Money. She says two of the eight programs are in Jacksonville.

“With your leaders in Jacksonville I’m real impressed with the AmeriCorps programs in Jacksonville,” Spencer said.

Jacksonville Teacher Residency Program

While Duval County Public School students are preparing for summer vacation, nine teacher-residents are getting ready for their first year of school.

The Jacksonville Teacher Residency program held its first-ever Signing Day ceremony Tuesday.

The intensive, one-year residency will allow new math and science teachers like Tiffany Allen to co-teach in urban classrooms across the district. Allen says because of the program, she’s not worried about starting in August.

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Teaching is a journey, but it hasn't been a pleasant one for everyone.

Recently, the inaugural class of the Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) program had its final meeting of 2014. The end-of-semester meeting had fewer teachers than the beginning of the school year. In the final installment of "Life Lessons" for the year, WJCT takes a look at the stories behind the two residents whose forays into teaching were cut short.

A strong start

The day William Bowman got the offer to join the Jacksonville Teacher Residency program, he was ecstatic.

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The inaugural class of Jacksonville’s teacher residency program had its final meeting of the year Thursday.

The group is part of the privately funded Jacksonville Teacher Residency program, designed to recruit and retain high-performing STEM professionals to teach in the district’s toughest schools. WJCT first met the class of professionals in June when days spent in classrooms and nights of lesson-planning seemed far and away. Now it’s a daily reality with real obstacles.

Meet Our Two Featured Teachers

Name: George Jeffrey Teuber

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The first quarter of school is over in Duval County Public Schools, and we thought it would be a good time to catch up with two new teachers we’ve been following since June.

Rhema Thompson

This Monday marks the new school year in Duval County, and it will come with many changes. One of those changes: A new group of teachers beginning in some of the district's toughest schools.  WJCT's Rhema Thompson has been following two of those teachers as they prepare for the school year. We check back in with them to see how they’re getting ready for the big day.

Meet Our Two Featured Teachers

Name: George Jeffrey Teuber

Age: 23

Hometown: Palm Bay, Fla.

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It’s been a little over a week since 11 science and math professionals took their first steps toward a life in education. On a recent Thursday, they took their first steps into one of the schools where they may soon instruct.

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For most of Duval County, school’s out for summer, but for 11 young professionals sitting in a University of North Florida program the lessons are only getting started.