New program successfully brings on three new teachers

Published: Aug. 18, 2017 at 11:23 PM CDT
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San Jacinto Elementary School in Odessa has three brand new teachers, and it’s all thanks to a new program that’s proven to be successful.

Three women completed ECISD’s “Two Plus One” program that partners with Texas Tech and Odessa College, putting students on the fast-track to the classroom.

Kriston DeShazo, Andrea Gomez, and Jennifer Yang will all be teachers for the very first time this school year.

“I’m looking forward to building a relationship with the students and just watching them grow and be successful,” Andrea said.

Last year, the three shadowed Odessa teachers, and now, they’ll have classes of their very own.

Kriston was busy preparing her class for Monday. She’ll have more than 20 students in the morning and afternoon. Although she says she’s feeling apprehensive, it’s something she says she’s ready for.

“I’m not going to say it’s for everyone,” she said.

And it wasn’t easy getting there.

“I think that institutions should offer this program or programs similar to this to their students because there are the rare few like the three of us that can take it on,” Kriston said.

“It’s a great feeling knowing I’m going to make that change for them. I’m going to teach them how to read, or to write, or to even teach them how to spell their name. It feels so good to know that you helped that kid achieve something,” Jennifer said.

The program has proven to be so successful, in fact, that this year’s class has multiplied to nine students, working to one day become teachers.

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