Cassville prepares future teachers while supporting current students

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Collin Pearman, left, Chad Howerton, center, and Payton Varner are participating in the newly formed educational internship opportunity for Cassville High School graduates who are currently pursuing a teaching degree through Crowder College and Missouri State University. Contributed photo

Educational internship opportunities available for CHS grads

The Cassville school district is leading the way in preparing future quality teachers with the newly formed educational internship opportunity for Cassville High School graduates who are currently pursuing a teaching degree through Crowder College and Missouri State University, Cassville campus.

Through this internship program, the district will provide a hands-on, practical educational experience in an active instructional environment to students who intend to pursue employment in the field of education. The intended outcome is for future educators to better understand the field of education through the daily process and procedures within a school system.

”We are very excited about our new Cassville Educational Internship Program and the impact it will have on future teachers,” said Traci Mitchell, director of learning for Cassville. “The district has already been working diligently to provide hands-on, practical educational experiences for future teachers through our high school Teach-and-Train Program. We wanted to extend those opportunities by creating additional pathways and a bridge for students as they move into higher education.”

After sending letters to Cassville alumni enrolled in the education program at Crowder and MSU, Cassville campus, an informational meeting was held to determine interest. Chad Howerton, Collin Pearman and Payton Varner all three expressed interest and were selected to take part in the program.

“I am elated to see these three young men return to our district,” said Amy Stephenson, Cassville director of special education. “They are here not only to gain experience, but to enhance the services that we can provide for our current students. Knowing these impressive young men for numerous years, it makes me proud to be a part of the development of such a program. I look forward to this program expanding and having quality individuals returning to serve our future Wildcats is exciting.”

Program scope of duties:

• Work with specified students on assigned activities by the classroom teacher

• Follow the schedule/instructions provided by the classroom teacher

• Maintain confidentiality of information received about students or school personnel

• Be fair, impartial, and consistent in working with children

• Consistently demonstrate professional conduct in actions

• Adhere to school policies and procedures

• Follow behavior policies and procedures in the school and classroom setting

Internship requirements:

• Be enrolled in an educational program at a surrounding college/university

• Current background check

• Complete required compliance training

• Maintain schedule provided by the Cassville school district

• Follow the Cassville school district Classified Staff Handbook during Internship

• Adhere to Cassville school district Board Policies during Internship

• Provide feedback to develop/enhance the program effectiveness

While the internship is a paid position, the district is also currently developing a proposal to MSU requesting college credit for the internship hours from Missouri State University as well.

“The goal of the program is to give future teachers a better understanding of the daily process and procedures within a school environment by working directly with students and current teachers to give them life readiness opportunities beyond high school graduation,” Mitchell said. “Chad, Collin and Payton are piloting the program and they are doing an amazing job! We are very excited about the impact they are having on our students and staff members and hope they might someday come home to teach full-time at Cassville.”