“The Transition to Teaching pathway is important to our region because it encourages and empowers local and highly-skilled paraeducators and school employees who are committed to serving students in our rural communities,” said Dr. Michelle Price, Superintendent of NCESD. “The program allows them the opportunity to pursue their teaching degree while continuing to live and work in their community.”
Another unique aspect of the program is that the majority of candidates already have jobs within a local school district.
“It’s job-embedded,” said Bergman. “A lot of the candidates already have a lot of school experience, and some have had years of working in our district as a paraeducator.”
Griffith further explained that Moses Lake School District has encouraged and supported strong paraeducators in their district to participate in the program.
“Moses Lake teachers and employees are super dedicated and invested in the success of each and every student,” she added. “We know these are lifelong community members and we have been able to place them in the classroom as teachers to continue serving our kids.”
To learn more about the EWU Transition to Teaching program, visit their website at ewu.edu/t2t, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 509-290-7311.