Life Lessons

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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.

Rhema Thompson

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

For about 127,000 students and 8,000 teachers, Monday morning marked the start a new year and new beginnings in Duval County Public Schools.

It's a year that will be full of many changes: a brand-new statewide assessment; a series of high-profile new districtwide programs--like teacher performance incentives; and widespread technology upgrades.  

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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In less than a month, school begins in Duval County, and at the University of North Florida, a group of novice educators are gearing up with a little extra help from a few top teachers in the district.

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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.

Rhema Thompson / WJCT

Education is a journey taking students from possibilities to achievements. And it’s not for the faint of heart.