Amber Love participates in Teacher Quality and Retention Program

Alcorn State University alumna Amber Love is sharpening her teaching skills at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Teacher Quality and Retention Program in Houston, Texas.

The Teacher Quality and Retention Program is a two-week summer institute designed to give budding educators insight into the latest educational theories and practices associated with exemplary practice. The training offered during the program provides educators with the skills they need to successfully enter and remain in high-need schools in urban and rural communities.

The experience gives Love the opportunity to engage with likeminded individuals who share a love for educating today’s youth.

“This experience has been informative and unique,” said Love, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in May. “I am surrounded by educators that also came from other historically black colleges and universities around the country, and who are all passionate about teaching. I’ve been networking with people who are or will be teaching the same grade as I am, which is kindergarten.”

Love is using the opportunity to interact with her peers and learn new ways to be a successful educator.

“The program has strengthened me as an educator by providing intensive professional development and training so that I may have a successful first year and future in education.”

Love expressed how important the program is to the success of educators.

“This program is designed to target minority teachers so that we can get exposure. The program also works to provide young educators with support, knowledge and skills to prepare them to become National Board Certified Teachers.”

Love will begin her career as an educator in the fall at F. B. Woodley Elementary School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.