Youngstown school teachers volunteer to provide guidance and support to other educators

Staff report


About 145 Youngstown City School District teachers have volunteered to provide guidance and support to other educators in their respective schools through an initiative launched earlier this month.

The teachers signed up to be Teacher Fellows. It’s a program implemented by CEO Krish Mohip.

“I’m thrilled that so many teachers have volunteered to be a part of this initiative,” he said. “They’ll get professional development in proven, research-based instructional methods so they can help guide and mentor their fellow educators.”

Mohip said so many teachers stepping forward to be Teacher Fellows shows their dedication and commitment to the schools and especially the students.

Roshay Huff, a chief deputy of transformation in the school district, was part of a similar program when she lived and worked in Maryland.

“It really helped me become a better educator,” she said.

It helped her learn to use feedback to improve the way she teaches.

“It made me more honest, open and reflective,” Huff said. “I wasn’t as closed off, and I was willing to take constructive feedback.”

The program officially kicked off this month and professional development has begun.

Amanda McGinnes, another chief deputy of transformation, said an educator who becomes a Teacher Fellow isn’t dependent on experience.

“A Teacher Fellow can be an individual with a strong instructional background or a teacher who is new to the profession and eager to learn,” she said. “A Teacher Fellow is someone who is committed to the success of every child, comfortable with taking risks and confident and credible in front of colleagues.”

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