Alcorn student DeAnte’ Spann participates in 2015 Teacher Quality and Retention Summer Institute

Over the summer, Alcorn State University senior DeAnte’ Spann participated in an educational program that will help him in his career as a teacher.

Span, an elementary education major, spent two weeks of his summer vacation attending the Thurgood Marshal College (TMC) Fund’s 2015 Teacher Quality and Retention Summer Institute in Houston, Texas.

Since its inception in 2009, the Teacher Quality and Retention Program has provided high-caliber training and mentoring to aspiring pre-service and new teachers from publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from across the country. The event emphasized how highly qualified teachers are essential to overcoming challenging school environments to achieve academic success.

Spann gushed about the experience he had during the program and feels confident in applying the lessons he learned to his future career as an educator.

“I am so proud to have been selected to participate in such a wonderful opportunity to grow as a prospective educator,” said Spann. “The program provided intense training and professional development that I fundamentally believe challenged and prepared me to become a highly qualified professional in the field of education. It was an awesome experience to be in workshops that offered hands-on training with people who have a passion for education.”

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