The Citadel, in partnership with the Charleston County School District (CCSD), is working to combat the perennial math teacher shortage in the Lowcountry. The CCSD recently rolled out its TeachCharleston Program, an alternative route to teaching for those with a bachelor's degree looking to join the profession.
As an offshoot of this program, TeachChareston@TheCitadel allows highly qualified Citadel Mathematics Majors the opportunity to earn a Letter of Intent to Hire as early as their junior year. These Mathematics Majors are required to pick up an education Minor though the Zucker Family School of Education, making their coursework preparation comparable to those in more traditional education programs. Moreover, as part of the school district/college partnership, TeachCharleston@TheCitadel participants will be supported every step along the way in their transition from college to the classroom, including intense mentoring during their first three years on the job.
As noted by Melissa Parrish with CCSD’s TeachCharleston in Human Resources,
"Citadel cadets are well-positioned to be the future leaders within our district. Their rigorous mathematics & education backgrounds, along with unmatched leadership skills, make them a welcome addition to the CCSD community."
"This partnership represents a unique opportunity for the Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics to directly support quality mathematics education in the Lowcountry. We are excited to have an inaugural group of two cadets who are thoughtful, intelligent, and eager to serve" says Dr. Richard Robinson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, specializing in Mathematics Education.
On October 9, Mr. Bill Briggman, the Chief HR Officer of the CCSD, visited Cadets Skyler Addy and Zachary Parker on campus. These two cadets are currently in the TeachCharleston@TheCitadel program and are expected to graduate from The Citadel and become mathematics teachers in the CCSD in May 2020.
For more information on TeachCharleston@TheCitadel, please contact Dr. Richard Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.