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RCCTC Teacher Academy students gain real life experience

After an 18 month hiatus due to the pandemic students in Ross Collins Career and Technical Center’s Teacher Academy were finally able to return to campuses to work with MPSD teachers.

“We are so excited, this is our first day of fieldwork for Year 1 and Year 2 students in Teacher Academy,” said Dena Patterson, RCCTC. “This is the first time they are able to get in the schools, in the classrooms to work right beside the teachers and be able to work with the students.”

Senior Alyssa Lanier, who plans to study Speech Pathology in college, had the chance to work with West Hills Elementary’s Speech Pathologist and gain first-hand experience in how they help students.

“The thing I like the most about working with the students is that it gives me a chance to job shadow my future career,” said Lanier. “I get to see what it’s going to be like and I get to see the students progress forward with their speech.”

“I hope the students are able to see what it’s like on a day-to-day basis working as a teacher,” said Patterson. 

Students are able to help teachers by working with individual students, tutoring them, making anchor charts, and many other things that teachers do on a day-to-day basis.