What’s Right With Our Schools: Retired and current educators share knowledge with future teachers

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It turns out retired educators are never really off the job. Several recently gathered at a Bibb county school to help prepare students who may one day follow them in their profession.

Senior Alana Banks says “My passion for teaching is because I love kids and I want to be a role model for the early childhood coming up.”

Alana Banks is currently enrolled at Hutchings College and Career Academy. She’s on the path to become a teacher. She is confident she’s on her way to the top.

Retired and current educators dedicate time to conduct mock interviews with students to get them ready for the next level.

Banks says,”The feedback I receive is going to help me be able to better respond to certain situations and handle certain things in a different way or professional way.”

The one on one time with professionals give students a chance to sell themselves and help identify weaknesses as they prepare for their journey as educators.

“It’s motivating me to go extra hard and be the best person that I can be in the educational field,” says senior Antoneisha Knighton.

The interviewers are creating an easy transition, from high school to college, and college to their own classroom.

“The interviewer I had was an all around educator so she knew a lot about education because she moved around a lot. So, she helped me with knowing that each place has a different need so now I know to research which school needs more of my help,” senior Rashmi Patel explains.

Students who are in the ‘Teaching as a Profession Pathway’, visit assigned schools everyday for their campus practicum; which is designed to give more training in a real classroom setting.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!