Teach for America Corp Members Mentor the Next Generation of Educators
New technologies in the 21st century have altered different teaching practices/programs in education. With this growing need in mind, the Nevada Institute on Teaching & Educator Preparation (NITEP) was created via Senate Bill 548 during the 2017 Nevada Legislative Session. The College of Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was selected to host this initiative. With a special focus on assessing and catering to the unique needs of Nevada education, this program prepares students for the rigors of teaching and has a strong commitment to research that overall elevates educational outcomes for K-12 education. The NITEP initiative has three goals: support pre-service teachers, community engagement, and support educational research.
NITEP fellows include undergraduate students with different majors under the College of Education. They engage in research opportunities that help them as they become teachers who make choices daily in the classroom, all while engaging local communities and facilitating next-generation educational research. Following the traditional coursework path to their degree, the fellows also receive a stipend each year they participate in NITEP and pave the way for future educators. The fellows are also supported with multiple other pathways for engagement not available to non- NITEP students. NITEP has partnered with Teach for America to provide fellows with mentors, who are current teachers that provide their experience and help undergraduate students prepare for their future as educators.
This semester, there are five Teach for America mentors in the NITEP program: Katelyn Anderson, Joshua Bunzel, Monique LaBarre, Jesus Lopez, and Jesse Sanchez.