New Henrico Co. program guarantees aspiring teachers jobs after college

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Exciting news for a group of Henrico County high school students, who learned today they have guaranteed jobs waiting for them once they finish college.

Glen Allen High School senior Sydney Hogue is one of them. She starts at George Mason University this fall.

Once she earns her degree, Hogue will be coming back to Henrico County Schools as a teacher.

“I want to do something to better america as a whole. Big dreams, but it starts with like small steps and I feel like teaching is the way because you’re teaching the futures of Aamerica,” explains Hogue.

The district selected twelve students for the program.

Those chosen are guaranteed a teaching position and a $5000 bonus once they earn their degree.

The Teacher Scholars program is a homegrown approach to recruiting teachers in subjects that are difficult to fill. Areas like math, technology, Spanish, exceptional education, and family & consumer sciences.

“I just think the opportunity to teach a new group of people coming from this community is just an incredible opportunity,” says program participant Cooper Sved.

Adds Teacher Scholar Emily Benko, “I like teaching and conveying a message and I like kids”

The program also means peace of mind for these students. Instead of looking for a job in four years, they will be starting one.

“It’s really nice like one of the things when I was looking at majors was like will I get a job out of college? But now maybe I can explore things I’m more interested in because I have that guaranteed job.”

Below is a list of the 12 students selected as this year’s Teacher Scholars:

Student Name School Area of focus
Mercedes (Sadie) Hodges Deep Run Exceptional Ed
Ann Allen Tucker Science
Missi Radday Tucker Exceptional Ed
Meredith Dean Godwin Math
Katelin Nolan Godwin Exceptional Ed
Breana Figueroa Freeman Math
Jalik Burton Henrico Math
Jennavive Benko GAHS Tech Ed
Sydney Hogue GAHS Tech Ed
Cooper Sved GAHS Math
Amber Walker GAHS Math

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