Nearly 100 teachers set to complete Teach For America program in Lenoir Co.

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Close to one hundred teachers are completing the Teach For America program this week.

For six weeks, young professionals worked in classrooms learning how to provide the best education in the country.

Choosing a career is just part of life. Jerry Clyde said it’s more than that, “I fell in love with all the kids, like all the engagement, their willingness to learn. I was like, yes, this is my calling.”

Clyde is one of the participants in the Teach For America program in Lenoir County. They are put to the test every day finding innovative new ways to reach their students.

A graduate of the program inspired Clyde to join.

“I didn’t really care about school, but he gave me that encouragement and positive words to say, you can do this, and ever since then, I thank him for that,” said Clyde.

Now, that’s Clyde’s mission.

“In [the] inner city, they don’t have the teachers,” said Clyde. “They are just there for a job. But for Teach For America course members, they are there for a mission to make sure that all students go to college and get a proper education.”

Lenior County school leaders said the lessons go beyond the classroom.

“They are getting a wealth of experience from the best and brightest teachers that we have in Lenoir County,” one of them told 9 On Your Side. “Our students are benefiting from it directly. So we are all excited about that! It’s a win-win for all.”

Now Clyde has found his calling.

“If you’re willing to make that dedication, it’s going to be worth it in the long run,” said Clyde.

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