FVSU partners with Bibb County School District for ‘Interns as Teachers’
The university says is hoping to put more African American men in the classroom.
FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — Fort Valley State University is known for its agriculture education, but the university is hoping to attract more students to teaching.
The pandemic has caused an extra need for more teachers across the nation. That’s why FVSU partnered with the Bibb County School District to get more students teaching.
“The Interns as Teachers Program allows senior students to become the actual teacher of record during their senior year, and so in essence they are doing their last year of field experience and student teaching, while actually being paid to teach,” Professional Learning Educator Melanique Floyd said.
According to Floyd, Bibb County started the program three years ago to help attract more teachers of diverse backgrounds. FVSU is the latest to partner with the school district.
The university says it’s hoping to put more African American men in classrooms.
“When a student has a black male teacher in third, fourth or fifth grade, it increases the probability that they will complete high school,” Beth Day-Hairston, the dean of the College of Education, said.
11 students in the College of Education at Fort Valley are graduating. Only three of those students are African American men. One of those students is Devante’ Sanders, who is currently in the program.
“I enjoy it,” he said. “It’s definitely my first step inside actual teaching, and it counts as my first year.”
Sanders says he wants to teach middle school, because he feels he can impact younger students in a positive way.
“When I first wanted to become a teacher, I always asked people that question,” he said. “I did like a poll or what not on Twitter and everyone always said they really haven’t had their first black male teacher ‘til like high school or college.”
Sanders hopes his future students will look up to him.