Teach for America to expand to four more SC school districts, including Berkeley and Colleton

The state Board of Education approved today the expansion of the national nonprofit Teach for America into four more South Carolina school districts in 2013-14, and two of those are in the Lowcountry.

The group will place new teacher recruits in Berkeley, Colleton, Dillon 3 and Marion county schools this fall, in addition to the nine other school districts it already serves, including Charleston. The nonprofit recruits bright, ambitious college graduates of all majors, trains them how to teach, and puts them in high-need schools for two years.

The group began working in South Carolina in 2011, and this past year was its first in Charleston schools. In Charleston, 29 Teach for America recruits taught in its schools this past year, and as many as 45 more recruits will join them this fall. The nonprofit will have a total of 200 recruits in South Carolina schools this fall.

Teach for America hopes to place between four and eight teachers in rural parts of Berkeley County, likely feeding into Timberland High, and it will hire eight to 10 teachers for the centralized high school in Colleton County.

“These new communities have come to us and are asking for teachers,” said Josh Bell, executive director of Teach for America in South Carolina. “These four districts are already in the geographic area we already serve, and they pitched this to us.”

Each district must pay $4,000 per year per teacher for two years to cover some of the nonprofit’s expenses. The district also pays the teachers’ salaries.

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