Seniors get early start on college
Teacher Academy seniors get early start on college
Posted on 04/09/2012

Four prospective teachers have begun their college careers early through the Teacher Academy at the Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy. Austyn Brock, a senior at Armuchee High School; Breann Lindsey, a senior at Pepperell High School; Harleigh Turner, a senior from Coosa High School; and Aspen Simmons, a senor from Armuchee High School, are in their first semester of college education classes at Georgia Highlands College as a part of the Teacher Academy program. The Teacher Academy program seeks to improve the pool of teachers available to staff the classrooms in our community in the future. 

The Teacher Academy is now in its second year with 27 first year students and 19 second year students participating. The first year students participate in classroom work at the College and Career Academy that provides an introduction into the education profession. In addition to the work they are doing in class, the first year students also get practical experience in elementary schools in Floyd County on Fridays to get the experience of working in an actual classroom. 

Second year students get an expanded opportunity to work in real classroom situations plus the option of taking courses for college credit. The second year students participate in an internship where they are working every other day in an elementary classroom. They also have the option of taking an introductory education course at Georgia Highlands College to receive college credit. The post-secondary option that allows the second year students to attend college is a cooperative agreement between Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy and Georgia Highlands College. Over the course of this semester the girls will attend Georgia Highlands College and continue working in their local classrooms for their internship on Fridays. 

The Floyd County Schools College and Career Academy is a charter career academy that was developed as a community partnership between Floyd County Schools, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Georgia Highlands College and the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce. 

Austyn Brock, Breann Lindsey, Harleigh Turner, and Aspen Simmons
Photo: Austyn Brock, Breann Lindsey, Harleigh Turner, and Aspen Simmons