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“Not only are our students transient, our teachers are transient.”


Heidi Foley

Osceola school district is right outside of Orlando. And we have a very transient population. We have a lot of students whose parents work in the service industry and they might move. Not only are our students transient, our teachers are transient. A lot of the teachers within our school system are not education majors. So they have no formal education training. So they come into the profession with their own experience within education, which is sometimes many years removed. The last time they were in middle school was when they were in middle school. When you don’t have any training, you don’t even know where to start. You don’t know what you don’t know. They come into the profession and they want to change people’s lives, but they don’t know how, and they don’t know that they don’t know how until they get into the profession. But the mentoring program, they can guide the teachers in that direction of supporting them through realizing what they don’t know and how we can then learn it and how we can make those changes that we need to make. So I think it’s so important for people who are strong educators to be able to support others.