Unlike more traditional programs that place student teachers for only a few weeks or months, the Merrimack students will work in the Beverly schools full time for the entire school year...
...[Superintendent] Galinski said the graduate students are more experienced than traditional student teachers, who are undergraduates and work in the schools for only a few weeks, and some teacher's aides, who only need two years of college.
"These are people that have a bachelor's degree and are working sometimes toward certification in two areas," she said. "It's a nice opportunity for the fellow and for us."...
...Galinski said the fellows will be co-teaching with experienced teachers and providing small group instruction.
Most community members we have spoken with support the concept as a creative way of dealing with today's budget realities, although some wonder how much say school administrators will have in choosing specific fellows for their schools."It's not replacing teachers," she said. "It's providing support because we have a larger number of students."
The News also visits the Riverside Elementary School in Danvers, which became one of the first schools in the area to take part in the program which began this year.
Emily Janakas has spent the school year as a fellow at Riverside Elementary School in Danvers, where she helps out as a special education aide. Janakas, a 22-year-old Lynnfield resident, enrolled in the fellowship program after earning her undergraduate degree in elementary education last June.[Note: Kudos to any readers who get the post title reference.]
"It's definitely been an intense year," she said. "It's been challenging, but I have an excellent support system at Riverside and at Merrimack. I've learned so much this year I can't even describe it. It's furthered my passion for teaching."