Laura Lay, past president of VCSS, had the pleasure of supervising these rising stars as part of VCU's innovative "Richmond Teacher Residency" program" (RTR). These teachers will soon join the ranks of other VCSS members (Connor Dolson and Sean Conard) who went through the RTR program and are now teaching in the City of Richmond schools. This year, both Gregory Johnson and Maggie Settle attended the VCSSE last October and began their "RTR" program at the start of the school year.
Unlike traditional student teaching, residents complete a year-long internship complete with graduate courses. While it makes for a hectic year, the residents receive a fellowship that covers both housing and tuition...and a guarantee to work for the City of Richmond upon successful graduation. The full year also allows residents to truly connect with the school and students.
In Gregory Johnson's case, John Marshall High School provided a chance to work closely with his cooperating teacher, Milondra Jackson. VCSS members Nakita Lee and Christopher Shores were teaching next door, which further allowed collaboration and camaraderie.
Maggie Settle, a former Peace Corps member, taught at Thomas Jefferson High School under the amazing direction of Joy Beatty (another VCSS member and presenter!) While student teaching is traditionally a time of intense growth and challenges, these residents also expressed a sense of true satisfaction and efficacy in the classroom.
We are so proud to have both student teachers and cooperating teachers as productive members of VCSS!