The Pre-Teaching Program has joined with the City of Decatur Schools and Gwinnett County Schools to create a shadow program for Tech students considering pursuing a career as a K-12 teacher. The program gives participants the chance to spend one day with a teacher who teaches a subject of interest. For example, a student hoping to teach Chemistry would shadow a Chemistry teacher. Participating students will spend one day at a high school, middle school or elementary school. Participants could possibly spend one day at each school but would not return to the same school. Students will be able to request a day to visit with two-three weeks advance notice. The Pre-Teaching advisor will be involved throughout the entire process and will coordinate the student and the school before and after the visitation. Participants can be undergraduate or graduate students.
Additionally, the program will serve as a small recruitment tool for the participating counties. Georgia Tech students graduate with highly respected degrees, and many would like to teach in the Metro Atlanta area. An experience at a school would give the student the opportunity to meet first hand with teachers and possibly administrators and help participants make important career choices regarding where to apply for teaching jobs.
The participating schools are:
Decatur High School (Decatur, GA: City of Decatur Schools) (easily accessible by MARTA train)
Norcross High School (Norcross, GA: Gwinnett County Schools) (car needed for easy access)
Renfroe Middle School (Decatur, GA: City of Decatur Schools) Schools) (easily accessible by MARTA train)
Lilburn Elementary (Lilburn, GA: Gwinnett County Schools) (car needed)
For more information and to sign up, http://www.preteaching.gatech.edu/node/88/revisions