North Panola Teacher Academy Students Commit to Community Service

Teacher academy students in North Panola High School’s CTE program are getting hands-on experience each week as interns at Como Elementary School, where they gain field experience as they work with teachers. The student interns interact with the elementary students and assist as much as possible in the classroom, including teaching minilessons in their second year of training. 

As a part of their internship, students also learn the value of volunteering. Last semester, teacher academy students followed the examples of their teacher mentors at Como Elementary and created a holiday-inspired project to benefit others. Their community service project included donating holiday baskets to local senior citizens, a project that they can continue to support, and have future students support, when they themselves are teachers. 


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