MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point School District has nine new, highly qualified teachers educating kids in the classroom. Human Resource Director Cathy Keeton said the nine didn't take the traditional route to teaching; they completed an alternate route program. All taught while they themselves learned.
"We are just really excited about this program. We use it as a recruitment tool when we go into our community announcing that we can't find highly qualified teachers," Keeton said.
Charronda Dennis is one of the nine who participated in the alternate route program. She's now a certified Chemistry teacher at Moss Point High School.
"Being a highly qualified teacher with the kids, it gives them a security to know that the teacher actually knows what they are doing and what they are talking about," Dennis said.
Teachers have to meet several requirements before joining the program and earning a teaching certificate.
Keeton said, "If they have a bachelor's degree in the subject we are looking for, and they do pretty good academically, as far as their grades go, then we are interested in them as applicant."
There are also mandatory state tests.
"I took two classes and took the Praxis tests, one and two, and I passed both tests. I was able to get my license, a three year license. We are currently working on my internship now," Dennis said.
School officials said they are working to have a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, to help increase students' test scores and academic success.
"With No Child Left Behind, they want to have one hundred percent in the classroom. And that is certainly the Moss Point School District's goal is to have one hundred percent."