The University is providing trained mentors for student candidates as well as new teachers in the surrounding counties. The New Teacher Center program at the University of Lynchburg has been fortunate to pair about 20 student candidates with mentors from the program.
Graduating senior, Amber Kanode, is a candidate in the special education program teaching with Joyce Williams at William Campbell combined school. Kanode will start her candidacy March 9, 2020.
Williams is a trained NTC host from the University of Lynchburg who is excited to help Kanode in her future career training.
Williams stated, “NTC has been embraced by the University for the past three years, It helps new teachers receive professional connections while getting comfortable in a classroom setting and hopefully decreases teacher burnout and new teachers leaving within the first five years.”
The University website explained, “Unique to the University of Lynchburg is our integration of the evidence-based NCT framework for teacher development throughout the undergraduate program. Our elementary education program develops the habits of mind and professional dispositions that lay the foundation and inform the practices of successful educators.”
Kanode said, “This program harbors positive communication and the opportunity for self reflection. By learning these self reflection techniques early on in the teaching profession, we as future teachers will have an upper hand in evaluating our own teaching methods and classroom management.” This program is all about making professional connections for the students to help increase job employment opportunities.
Kanode stated, “After completing the NTC program, I aspire to continue to make valuable connections with other professionals in the Special Education field.” Amber is excited to get started and plans to work with all age students and would enjoy working in public or private education settings. Amber’s willingness to learn shines through in her statement, “I am grateful for this experience and I believe it has and will prepare me for a variety of challenges I may face in my own classroom.