New Future Teachers Program Gives Young Minds a Head Start, College Credit

December 13, 2012 by University of La Verne

Bonita High School students have a new opportunity to learn about what it really takes to be a teacher, thanks to a new partnership with the University of La Verne.

Assistant Principal of Bonita, Mike MacCormick and Assistant Professor of Education at La Verne, Donna Redman, have worked together to create the new Future Teachers program.

“It’s a course to introduce them to the field of education,” Redman said.

While enrolled in the program, Bonita students are able to spend time in classrooms at Roynan Elementary in La Verne and interact with current teachers as well as students.

Students who complete the course also earn four credits at La Verne.

“The fact that these high school students are interested in the profession is really refreshing to me,” Redman said.

MacCormick, who teaches the class at Bonita, said they weren’t expecting so many students to apply for the program this fall and it will be offered again in the spring to accommodate the more than 50 students who applied.

And though the course load and activities of a high school student can be stressful, MacCormick offers his students one piece of advice.

“I tell them don’t see it as a stressor, see it as an opportunity,” MacCormick said.

He said he is excited about the partnership with La Verne and he hopes it is the beginning of something permanent.

“Quality education starts with quality instruction,” MacCormick said.

“There are so many teachers here that are a product of Bonita,” MacCormick said. “Why not continue that tradition?”

Students enrolled in the Future Teachers program are required to write reflective journals about their classroom experiences and also hear from guest speakers who work in the field of education.

During this first semester of the course, MacCormick said his students and their experiences have helped him further develop the syllabus for future classes.

“It’s been really well received,” Redman said. “Ultimately if they decide to get their degrees, we hope they come to La Verne.”

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