"There is a critical shortage of qualified math and science teachers and the key work is qualified," said Professor Jeff Morgan, chair of the math department and co-director of teachHouston, a four-year program designed to generate qualified math and science teachers who are poised for certification by the time they graduate.
"We need people with passion," said UH Professor Susan Williams, a math master teacher. "We need people with strong content knowledge and people who understand how to handle a classroom and that's what teachHouston is about. Creating, generating teachers who know how to do that."
Students are paired with a mentor teacher in their freshman year, who guides them through lesson plans, classroom management and finally teaching. By graduation, students are eligible for teacher certification in grades 8-12 and placement in area school districts — to meet the challenge for qualified math and science teachers.
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(Audio of classroom courtesy of Freesound)