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Aug 6, 2010 4:27 PM by Veronica White

First-Year Teachers Get Ready

First-time teachers say they can never be too ready-- which is why the Lafayette Parish School System holds the "TIPS" program-- Teacher Induction Program for Success.

For the past decade, veteran teachers have helped the rookies prepare.

"I want to be the person who is able to lay that foundation out for our future generation," says first-time teacher Nikki Voinche, who will be teaching at Broadmoor Elementary School.

First-year teachers like Nikki say the training is the next best thing to real classroom experience, and it helps them prepare for the school year.

"A lot of it you really don't learn till you're in the classroom, but I've gotten a lot of support, advice, resources," Nikki says.

Fall 2010 is the most crucial year so far, for 2 reasons:

1.) The district usually hires 250 to 300 new teachers-- but because of cutbacks, that has changed.

"Our district has not had the opportunity to hire as many teachers as we normally do. We've only hired about 40 new teachers," says Louise Chargois, LPSS Director of Curriculum.

2.) This year the state department stopped the Teacher Assistance and Assesment Program, which "TIPS" is based on. Lafayette, however, will continue.

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