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Project Inspire Teacher Residency graduates fifth cohort of Math, Science Teachers

Project Inspire recruits individuals with STEM backgrounds and trains them for fourteen months in schools alongside teachers. (Image: PEF)

The Project Inspire teacher residency celebrated the graduation of eleven new math and science teachers for Hamilton County schools Thursday, August 4.

As a collaboration between the Public Education Foundation, Hamilton County Department of Education, and Tennessee Technological University, Project Inspire recruits individuals with STEM backgrounds and trains them for fourteen months in schools alongside teachers.

“At Project Inspire we believe that all students deserve access to a dynamic and well-prepared educator,” program director Mark Neal said.

“This year’s graduates will play a key role in ensuring access for thousands of students in the years ahead, and we are thankful to our partners for supporting these educators as they make a difference in the lives of the students who need them most.”

The graduates will enter their first week as teachers in schools across Hamilton County with over a year of direct experience.

Most graduates will be teaching in schools that have struggled to find enough math and science teachers, including Brainerd High School, East Lake Academy, the Howard School, Lookout Valley Middle/High School, Tyner Academy, and Tyner Middle Academy.

A sixth cohort of teacher residents began their training in June 2016 alongside instructors at Tyner Middle Academy, Tyner Academy, East Ridge High School, and Ooltewah Middle School.


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