Praise is pouring in for an initiative to place top-flight college graduates in teaching positions in three Eastern Kentucky counties.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo, who grew up in Hazard, is excited about Teach for America’s decision to expand into Eastern Kentucky. Mongiardo says the program, which is recruiting top college graduates to teach in schools in Knox, Floyd and Martin counties, will be a boon for the area.
“We exchange our ideas with them, and they exchange their ideas with us. And we both, I believe, become better because of that. And I think this for Kentucky, especially eastern Kentucky, is going to be a starting point for big things in education,” he says.
Echoing that is Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, who says the teachers will be recruited based on the needs of schools in the affected counties.
“Tennessee’s has had a study on this and there are a number of studies are out there that show that TFA teachers have higher rates of student learning than typically prepared teachers,” he says.
Holliday hopes the partnership can be expanded in coming years.