First Look: The Mojave Teacher Pipeline Project

Updated 11/4/16: The Mojave Teacher Pipeline Program, facilitated by Nevada Succeeds, began recruitment at The Mojave High School in September of 2016. Designed to help close the teacher shortage in Clark County with homegrown students while producing teachers who better reflect the socioeconomic composition of students within the Clark County School District, the MTPP guides students interested in becoming teaching professionals to ensure they have the information, knowledge and tools required to succeed in high school and enter college prepared.

Curriculum for the first cohort of students was designed by The Mojave High School, Nevada State College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Students participating in the program this year will have the opportunity to earn six to twelve college credits through dual enrollment classes. Further, these students will be able to take the Praxis #1, the first test on the ladder of teacher qualification. The MTPP is also working with National Board Certification candidates, all of whom are already qualified teachers, to facilitate professional mentor/mentee relationships between candidates and students.

The Mojave Teacher Pipeline Project had a goal of recruiting 10 high school seniors in the 2016-17 school year to commit to becoming teaching professionals by entering a participating college of education during the 2017-18 school year and graduating within four years, there are currently 19 enrollees. Today, we’d like to introduce you to three of them, along with two dedicated members of The Mojave High School administrative team.

 

Daniel Flowers speaks of becoming a teacher to help teens mature.

 

Rosa Alvarado talks of going to college, becoming a teacher to transform her family’s life.

 

Thomas Parra paints a picture of “a good teacher,” which he hopes to become.

 

Justin Harp tells us about the connection between education and hope, happiness.

 

Jesika Smith talks about what the American Dream means to her. 

 

Malik Myvett explains benefits of a high school developing its future teachers.

 

Principal Antonio Rael discusses the economic and cultural benefits of the MTPP.

 

Vice-Principal Tim Wells describes student reaction to the MTPP.