Fresno Unified Offers Teachers Academy for Prospective Teachers and Educators

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FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – A Fresno Unified program offers students a return journey to the classroom.

For more than 20 years, the Teacher Academy has been introducing students to careers in education.

“They have another opportunity to really see what it’s like to be in a classroom, to see what a teacher does,” said Maiv Thao, teacher development manager for Fresno Unified.

Elizabeth Ruiz Del La O is one of those students.

“I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was little,” Del La O said. “I never knew anything else, so when I heard about it I was really excited.”

The Sunnyside senior has been in the program for over a year and her sites are now focused on a student-centered career.

“We do mini-lessons, we read the practices aloud, we also do a scope interview with our teacher, so that we know how they want their class,” Del La O added.

Through the Teacher Academy, high school students gain hands-on experience and learn what it takes to be an educator, by creating lesson plans and working directly with students in nearby elementary schools.

“Learn more about child development, find out the theories and how it applies when working with children,” Thao said.

The program is offered at McLane, Roosevelt and Sunnyside High Schools.

There is also a separate Summer Academy and Saturday Academy open to all Fresno Unified high school students.

If you are interested in the program, contact College and Career Preparation at (559) 248-7466.

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