Education undergrads visiting a Southside Middle School class room
Corey McKinney, Albany Technical College student, working with some Southside Middle School students
Corey Crofoot, Darton State College student
Erika Carver, Albany State University Clinical Director
A group of education majors got a personal look at what it takes to teach summer school in three Dougherty County schools.
Albany State University, Albany Technical College and Darton State College collaborated on the first group field trip for Georgia's future teachers.
The goal is to keep educators in Dougherty County after they graduate, and boost the quality of education in the south western part of the state.
Corey McKinney may look like a teacher, but he's actually an education student at Albany Technical College. Friday, he got to tour elementary, middle, and high school classes.
"You have all different types of attitudes when you have...with children. So this is really preparing me just to know how to approach each child differently," said Corey McKinney, Albany Tech Student.
He's one of a group of aspiring teachers who toured the schools Friday.
It was a special field trip allowing students from each of Albany's higher education institutions to get hands-on experience in the class room.
"It shows me what I'm going to be expecting whenever I go into the actual class rooms. And it just prepares us," said Corey Crofoot, Darton State College Student.
The program director said teaching summer school requires different skills than teaching the regular year, a much needed lesson for future educators.
"They're able to see smaller settings so they can pinpoint one-on-one students, and they don't have so many, lets say up to 26 in a class room. Here I think I saw twelve, maybe 13 or 14," said Erika Carver, Clinical Director.
The Dougherty County Superintendent worked with the program director to coordinate the visits to Sherwood Acres Elementary School, Southside Middle School and Monroe Comprehensive High School.
And the hope is for the students to return to the same classrooms as teachers to shape the young minds for the betterment of South Georgia.
"If everybody leaves, we won't have businesses thriving. We won't have excellent teachers, they'll all be other places. So we need to give our time, efforts and everything that we have back to the students in the Dougherty County School system," Carver said.
Students said they're looking forward to running their own classroom in the future.
Carver said she hopes the trips will become a tradition between the schools. She also said they department plans to extend future field trips to neighboring counties.