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G-K offers teacher internship program

The Genoa-Kingston Community Unit School District is excited to offer the Genoa Kingston Teacher Internship Program. This unique program is designed to help those who are newly certified in a particular teaching area, but have not found employment.

“If there is a way that we can help both the students of Genoa-Kingston schools and provide assistance to our teachers in an economically friendly way, all should be in favor for doing our part,” Matt Pierce, GKEA president and high school teacher, said in a news release.

The district can take up to one intern per grade level at each of its five buildings. The goal of this program is to expand and strengthen instructional practices while enriching the participant’s educational experiences and expertise.

“Educational internships allow new teachers those experiences that help better prepare them to step seamlessly into their own classroom,” Cindy Wills, principal at Davenport Elementary School, said in the release.” Administrators are looking for those individuals who will bring the most experiences to their schools.”

The interns will work with experienced educators at a specific grade level or subject area to strengthen instructional skills and to gain additional classroom experience and knowledge.

The benefits of this program are countless for the intern, but it also offers a great deal to the district. This program allows for the district to mentor and develop the next generation of education professionals. It allows the administration and staff to observe future teachers in the school setting. And it will increase instructional opportunities for the students and staff.

“An internship at this point in the educational quandary makes perfect sense,” G-K Superintendent Joe Burgess Jr., said in the release. “The economy has numerous qualified teachers searching for work, while those of us throughout Illinois are in great need for additional resources. The opportunities for both the intern and the school district present a true ‘win-win’ situation and in the end can only improve on our common goal of improving student achievement.”

Interested candidates can find an informational brochure and application at www.gkschools.org or call the district office at 815-784-6222.

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