Teacher academy prepares future educators
CLINTON — Sarah Beth Stambaugh always dreamed of becoming a teacher.
“The biggest influences in my life and in my family are teachers,” said the Clinton High School junior. “I always felt like this is what I am called to do.”
Sarah Beth is one of 27 CHS students in the Teacher Academy at the CHS Career Complex. It is a two-year program taught by Kelsi Antrim.
“We have had a great fall semester,” Antrim said. “First-year students have been placed with teachers at Clinton Park Elementary. Second-year students have been placed with teachers at Northside and Eastside.
“The students’ favorite part of the Teacher Academy is the time spent in the elementary classrooms.”
In September, students visited the Civil Rights Museum and Medgar Evers house in Jackson, which “helped students better understand some of the history of education we had been studying in class,” Antrim said.
Sarah Beth said the Teacher Academy course has been an eye-opening experience.
“There are so many topics and things that I had no idea you needed to know to be a teacher, like developmental theories, history of education and so much more,” she said. “Getting to go to Clinton Park twice a week has let me work with Mrs. Keith, an inclusion teacher, and really get to see how much work goes into the job.
“The amount of outside work and preparation that goes into being a teacher makes it so much more than an 8-4 job.”