These individuals participated in the second “Teacher 4 a Day” program, which is a partnership between the Douglas County School System and Douglas County Chamber of Commerce.
“We want to build understanding of the complexities of the daily experiences of school administrators and teachers,” said school system spokesperson Karen Stroud.
Andrea Simmonette is already a parent volunteer at Bill Arp Elementary School, but did not hesitate to become part of this experience.
“My daughters are in third grade here and I wanted to see how the kindergarten works,” she said.
She shadowed Jeannine Yates, a kindergarten teacher at Bill Arp, who seamlessly went from one group of students to another with management skills of a top executive.
Staci Mims was using a Promethean board, new electronic technology found in all Douglas County classrooms, to teach math to her first-graders at Bright Star Elementary School .
Steve McFall, senior pastor at Central Baptist Church, was given his own group of students upon entering the classroom.
The newcomer immediately captivated his young charges, as they tackled math problems together.
He explained, “We want to be an influential part of the community at our church. One of the principles of our church is education.”
Sims gave her thumbs-up to the program.. She considers it as a positive event for both the visitors and the students.
“I think it gives the students an opportunity to show off what they can do,” she said. “They are proud of what they can do, and like to show it off to someone.”
The first-grade teacher said the program gives members of the community a chance to see first-hand what challenges teachers face and how they are able to get past obstacles.
Greystone Power employee Ashley Kramer was a “Teacher 4 a Day” at Turner Middle School, shadowing Priscilla Marshall in her seventh-grade social studies class.
In the classroom, Kramer said the students had been researching different African countries.
“They’re learning more than the basic subject,” she said, “and learning life lessons.”
The class included a session on making good decisions, Kramer explained.
She was impressed by the high-tech element of the classroom — especially by the Promethean board.
“It is like a giant iPad,” she exclaimed. “It is great that students can take advantage of technology. It makes it so much fun for the students and keeps them so engaged.”