Boot Camp for Novice Teachers Draws Media Attention

August 13, 2015

For four years the Education Department at Saint Leo University has sponsored a free Beginning Teacher Boot Camp for those starting careers in teaching K-12 schools. This half-day program at University Campus was originally conceived to help alumni of Saint Leo’s highly regarded elementary education and middle grades education programs enjoy a smooth transition from their status as former pre-service teachers to full-time school district employees. In the spirit of community service, the Education Department soon opened the program to all new teachers in the area, regardless of where they obtained their degrees.

The program was conceived and is run by Ms. Beverly Ledbetter, who joined Saint Leo University as a part-time instructor after a successful career of more than 30 years teaching in Pasco (FL) County Schools. Her practical tips and wisdom have been well-received by new teachers, and even attracted more experienced educators, including teachers making a transition from substitute status to full-time employment.

Ms. Ledbetter has encapsulated some of her advice into a column for The Huffington Post, available here.

Over the years, some education reporters have also attended the camp to gain insight into the needs of new educators. This year, Tampa’s NPR affiliate, radio station WUSF-FM, was among the media outlets to cover Beginning Teacher Boot Camp (pictured). You can hear the radio report here:

http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/beginning-teacher-boot-camp-tries-educate

For more information on the camp, email: beverly.ledbetter@saintleo.edu.