Traditionally, student teachers do not receive a stipend or income to student teach. In the new program, the school district ensures its employees will student teach in their current position, complete with their income and benefits.
“Student teaching stopped me from obtaining a (intervention specialist teaching) license. Like many others, leaving my current position to student teach was not the best option for my family,” said Johnna Arrowood, a school paraprofessional at Amanda Elementary.
“In this program, I will gain a master’s degree as well as my initial teaching certification so I’m pretty excited about that. You can never go wrong in furthering your education.”
Taylor Parsons, school paraprofessional at Miller Ridge Elementary, echoed her colleague in the Miami program.
“I was going to have to take off work for a whole semester to student teach,” Parsons said. “I’m grateful for this opportunity so I can keep my job, still get paid and complete student teaching all at the same time.”
“I hope to gain a lot of knowledge about special education, what the job entails, more about students with special needs and disabilities and to just gain experience while I’m taking classes.”