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For Immediate Release
May 10, 2005
Contact: Charles Pyle
Director of Communications
(804) 371-2420
Julie Grimes
Public Information Officer
(804) 225-2775

Middle School Teacher Corps Seeks Qualified Mathematics Educators to Fill Critical Teacher Shortage Areas

The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) is seeking highly qualified mathematics educators to apply for the Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps. Teachers selected for the program are eligible for up to a $10,000 annual salary differential for up to three years.

The Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps, a component of Governor Mark R. Warner’s Education for a Lifetime initiative, is designed to help identified middle schools in 40 school divisions improve student achievement in mathematics, strengthen the schools’ mathematics programs, and help fill critical subject area teaching vacancies. Participating educators agree to teach sixth-, seventh- or eighth-grade mathematics in schools that are either accredited with warning in mathematics or are not meeting the Annual Measurable Objectives in mathematics as required for Adequately Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.

To be considered for the Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps, an individual must, among other things:

  • have completed either a major or a minor in mathematics
  • hold, or be eligible for, a Virginia teaching license with an endorsement in middle school mathematics
  • have completed at least three years of successful, full-time teaching experience
  • meet the criteria for a middle school mathematics teacher under NCLB
  • demonstrate mathematics and teaching competencies.

For further information on the Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps — including a list of participating school divisions and schools, as well as the Teacher Corps application — go to the DOE website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/OCP/teachercorps.html, or contact DOE’s Connie Fisher at (804) 371-7583.