Memphis-Shelby County Schools is adding fresh talent to its teaching ranks. In collaboration with the University of Memphis College of Education and its River City Partnership, the District on Wednesday, March 1, hosted its inaugural New Teachers Signing Day at the Teacher Learning Academy. Seven U of M seniors committed to joining MSCS as teachers this fall. The ceremony was the culmination of a vision that began four years ago. These signees have shown a deep commitment to the field of education and to making a difference in the lives of MSCS students. Their decision to join the District is a testament to their dedication and passion for educating our children and ensuring their future success.
Teaching is a demanding profession that requires a unique combination of skills, dedication, and patience. This partnership with the University of Memphis prepares local, future educators to practice and promote diversity, equity and inclusion while they are still undergraduates. In addition, the District’s Division of College, Career, and Technical Education has implemented a program that provides hands-on experience to high school students who may be thinking about education as a career. The Teaching As A Profession (TAPP) program is offered at White Station, Whitehaven, Kingsbury, Melrose, and Southwind high schools. Scholars can receive a four-year scholarship equaling $4,500 per year, one-on-one mentoring, tutoring and test prep, a book stipend, and much more. Students interested in applying must be admitted to the U of M, complete a River City Scholarship application by March 15, and participate in an interview. For more information, call 901-678-2293.
Through the continued efforts of our Human Resources Department, Division of College, Career, and Technical Education, as well the U of M College of Education and the River City Partnership, we are cultivating the next generation of educators in Shelby County. It takes a special person to become a teacher, and we are fortunate to have found such talented individuals who graduated from our District and are now coming back to serve it. Congratulations to our up-and-coming educators and welcome to the MSCS family!