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“Grow Your Own” Program Aims to Recruit More Teachers in Virginia

Districts across Virginia face a shortage of teachers, not only in special education and STEM fields, but also in elementary education, English, foreign languages and physical education. One program, Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow, has been attempting to fill the gap by exposing high school students to careers in teaching.

The program started in 2002, and since then Henrico, Virginia Beach and Loudon County have the highest enrollment numbers since the program started in 2002, more than 1600 students each. Richmond Public Schools has some of the lowest numbers, with 27 students rolling since the program began 14 years ago.

On this edition of Learning Curve, Catherine Komp speaks with VDOE’s Helen Fuqua and takes a trip to Carver Middle School, where a former program participant is now in her third year of teaching.