Plymouth, MA (PressExposure) June 18, 2009 -- Plymouth North High School recently announced a new pilot internship program for students contemplating a career in education. The program pairs students with teachers as special assistants to give them a taste of what it's like to be a teacher or school administrator. Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac recognized the 12 students who will participate in this program during the 2009-10 school year as winners of the "Driven Students of the Month" for June.
"There's no more honorable of a profession than being a schoolteacher. It's commendable that these students who are considering a career in education would start that training when they're still students themselves. That initiative alone makes them worthy recipients of this month's Driven Student award," said Jeff Tracy, president of Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac.
As part of the program, each student will be paired off with a teacher or administrator from a variety of departments: guidance, special education, life skills, journalism, etc. For one period of each school day, the student will work for their mentor to learn more about that particular area of education. For their efforts, these students will earn class credits. More importantly, they'll receive the experience and background needed to determine if education is a career option they want to pursue.
"We've had other successful mentoring and tutoring programs, but this pilot program is our most ambitious effort to date. Essentially, this is the kind of student teaching college students do as part of their degree program. Maybe there are some potential educators in this group, maybe not. But I think teachers and students alike will be learning quite a bit as a result of this program and that's invaluable," said Kevin Farrell, Plymouth North's Freshman House Master.
Students participating in the program include: Elizabeth Lincoln, Christine Rosa, Caleigh Quinn, Michael MacGrath, Johanna Westcott, Catherine Arruda, Kelsey Schranze, Hieu Nguyen, Victoria Ingalls, Mikaela Feroli, Meghan Petrell and Kelsey Lawson. The teachers overseeing the interns include: Bill Burkhead, Justine Naper, Shelly Jaruse, Nancy Rozak, Barbara Gravelle, Brunnie Gethchell and Lee McGee.
As winners of Driven Student of the Month honor, the students and the program's administrators were treated to a pizza party, courtesy of Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac.
Tracy Chevrolet Cadillac's Driven Student program recognizes Plymouth high school students for their performance and achievements in and out of the classroom. Awarded on a monthly basis, recipients are selected by faculty and advisors at the student's given school.