CMS partners with UNCC to address teacher shortage

Susy Toth never expected to become a teacher. She went to school as a journalist.

She left the field 12 years ago, in search of her next career path. It wasn’t until she began volunteering at her kid’s school that she had a serious interest in getting into the classroom.

“Five years ago, I found a job in school as an interpreter,” she said. “I started getting more in contact with the kids and the parents so I decided that I wanted to be in a classroom.”

Toth wasn’t sure where to start, but in 2019, a new program at UNC Charlotte called Teacher Quality Partnership program allowed her to get her teacher license and degree for free. 

The program helps graduate students – pursuing their master’s degree in education –   receive a living wage stipend of $35,000 in getting their licenses if they commit to teaching three years in a district.

The program started in 2019 with Cabarrus County Schools and Kannapolis City Schools.Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will join the program in July to help solve the district’s teacher shortage.

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