St. Petersburg College (SPC) College of Education, and Pinellas County School (PCS) officials gathered at the administration office on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 to congratulate recent ELITE Educator Elementary Education graduates.
Dr. Michael Grego, Superintendent, started the event with a brief explanation of the inception of the ELITE Educator program—a joint venture between PCS and SPC’s College of Education, to ensure outstanding well-prepared educators who receive additional “incentives” with their degree. Giant checks (an internship stipend) were awarded for completion of the program, along with a guaranteed job!
The program was initiated by Grego and Dr. Kimberly Hartman, Dean of the College of Education, to provide education majors with pertinent content material early in their pre-education classes.
The Elite Educator program is a partnership with Pinellas County Schools and St. Petersburg College. It prepares students to teach kindergarten through 6th grade with an ESOL and Reading Endorsement. Students come in as cohorts and take their classes together. They are assigned a mentor for the entire program to make a connection with the college and the services offered. The cohorts enjoy seminars and professional development opportunities in this highly structured program.
Knowledge fuels a teacher’s passion. Becoming more is what keeps teachers motivated. Teachers can impact the learning environment in many ways, including the physical, psychological and instructional setting. Educating children is a rewarding and tough job.
We are currently seeking enrollment for the fall 2019 term. For more information about the ELITE Educator program, contact Pam Wilkins at 727-712-5888.
- Completing the program guarantees you a position with Pinellas County Schools
- Receive exceptional math and science preparation
- Prepared to work with exceptional students and English Language learners