Nashville – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the expansion of Teach Tennessee in 2010 to recruit more teachers in the high-need subject areas of math, science and foreign language. A new program, the Teach Tennessee Commissioner’s Fellows program, will augment the existing Teach Tennessee Governor’s Fellows program.
“It’s always been my goal to expand the program and allow more qualified individuals the life changing opportunity to impact the lives of children in Tennessee,” Governor Phil Bredesen said. “The program has been a great success since 2005 and I look forward to watching it grow as more professionals put their skills and experience to use in our classrooms.”
The new Teach Tennessee Commissioner’s Fellows program will train recent college-graduates who wish to teach in high-need subject area in grades 7-12. Fellows will be required to attend a 12-day Institute in East Tennessee in July and additionally must attend eight monthly Saturday sessions through April.
The Teach Tennessee Governor’s Fellows program continues to recruit mid-career professionals who wish to teach in critical subject areas in grades 7-12. The program will train those with five years work experience related to the high-need subject area they want to teach. Fellows are required to attend a 12-day Institute in Nashville in June.
“Our programs remove many of the obstacles standing in the way of a great teaching career,” Teach Tennessee Executive Director Becky Kent said. “We can give many people the chance to fulfill their goal of becoming a teacher while creating a valuable new pool of teachers for our state.”
Both Teach Tennessee programs are currently accepting applications through February 26. For more information, visit www.TeachTennessee.org.
Governor Bredesen launched Teach Tennessee in 2005 and since that time 200 fellows have been licensed with an 83 percent retention rate.