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Effingham preparing next crop of teachers
These students are completing their teaching internship through the work-based learning program at South Effingham High School. Pictured left to right are: Kayla Zittrouer, Kelsey Zittrouer, Emily Paul, Katie Grubbs, Brittany Jenkins, Gabryel Hutson, Courtney Edenfield, Jordan Edwards and Hillary Edenfield. - photo by Photo provided

South Effingham High School is offering students a pathway known as The Teaching Pathway. The purpose of the pathway is to prepare students for future positions in the field of education.

Students apply and practice the use of current technologies, effective teaching and learning strategies, the creation of an effective learning environment, instructional opportunities for diverse learners and students with special needs.

Students plan instruction based on knowledge of the subject matters, their students and Georgia Performance Standards. Upon completion of two courses and an internship, these students will be awarded three hours of college credits upon being accepted into the College of Education at such institutions as Armstrong Atlantic State, Georgia Southern University and the University of West Georgia.

Through this pathway, the Effingham County School System is growing its own teachers. The system can look to one of its own for a new teacher. These future teachers work at the local elementary school for one to three blocks each day being paired with experienced mentoring teachers.

Students who are completing the pathway have said that it has solidified their career choice, has allowed first-hand experience in the classroom and has prepared them for the role of a teacher.