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Group seeks professionals to join ranks of classroom teachers

Professionals who would consider taking on the challenge of teaching in some of Mississippi’s under-served school districts, especially through math and science instruction, are invited to attend information sessions set for Ridgeland in February.

The American Board, an education nonprofit that addresses teacher shortages in high-need subject areas such as math and science in Mississippi, is hosting events throughout the state to counsel career changers on the opportunity to bring their experience to the classroom. Steps for certification will be detailed at the Feb. 7 and Feb. 21 sessions, organizers say.

Both sessions are at the Ridgeland Branch Library, 1475 W. Government St. 3971 Hwy 51. Sessions are presented at 4:30

The American Board is a Mississippi teacher certification nonprofit. It says its main goal in the teacher recruitment effort is to ensure that the state’s children have the science, technology, engineering, and math skills (STEM) necessary to keep America competitive in the global marketplace.

The American Board says it has a track record of connecting mid-career professionals to high-need areas throughout Mississippi, providing school districts an untapped pool of talented individuals who have the strong content knowledge demanded of STEM teachers.

“Last year alone, the American Board helped hundreds of teachers earn their certificates in math and science,” the group said in a press statement.

At the Ridgeland sessions, teacher certification specialists will advise aspiring teachers on a personalized path to certification and present options for certification in Mississippi with an emphasis on career-changers dedicated to serving children in critical-shortage areas. Paraprofessional educators and substitute teachers are also encouraged to attend.

The American Board’s online, self-paced program allows highly-knowledgeable individuals to earn certification without additional class time, student teaching or state exams. Details: Ashley Guy, 601 329-0654, aguy@americanboard.org.



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