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  Growing our Own in Prince William County Public Schools  
 
 
 
PWCS has grown tremendously over the past 13 years, which, in
turn, has a direct impact on the diversity of the School Division’s
student population. In recognition of the significant changes to the
dynamics of the student body, increased enrollment, and teacher
retirement, PWCS is committed to increasing the number of
teacher candidates through the “Growing Our Own in PWCS”
program.
 
MISSION
The mission of the Growing Our Own in PWCS program initiative
is to recruit, mentor, and prepare middle and high school
students interested in the field of education, who after college
may return to PWCS classrooms as teachers and leaders.
 
PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS
The program provides participants with a comprehensive support
system that includes seminars and workshops on goal setting,
study and test taking skills, and college survival techniques. In
addition, advisors, coordinators, teacher mentors, and individuals
identified by participants will serve as mentors to students.
Students must agree to attend and actively participate in all
Growing Our Own in PWCS Program activities. Additional
program expectations include:
   Demonstrate an aptitude for entering teacher education by meeting college/university eligibility requirements;
   Complete a student profile form to be updated each year through college;
   Participate with PWCS teachers on web-site discussion forum;
   Continue membership in the Growing Our Own in PWCS program through college;
   Attend and actively participate in all Growing Our Own Program activities; and
   Teach in PWCS after graduation.
 
Growing Our Own in PWCS Program Benefits:
   positively impacting the academic performance of all students,
   providing all students the opportunity to experience diversity in their teachers,
   developing teaching staffs that reflect the diverse society in which we live,
   providing a strong education system that leads to highly qualified graduates who then become skilled members of
the workforce.
 
PWCS FUTURE EDUCATOR PROGRAMS
The Growing Our Own in PWCS consists of three future educator programs. The programs identify individuals through
high school counselors, classroom teachers, teacher mentors, teacher advisors, and self-referrals.

Future Educator Association (FEA) FEA is unique in its ability to offer students unparalleled, age-appropriate
professional development opportunities, including annual conferences and access to a state-of-the-art social
networking website. There is an FEA club in each PWCS high school for students in grades 9 thru 12 and one pilot
program at Potomac Middle School.
Link: http://www.futureeducators.org/
 
Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT)   TSTT is an innovative career development and mentoring
program that recruits and trains economically challenged and culturally diverse high school students and prepares
them for college and rewarding careers in the teaching profession. Participating students are identified as early as
ninth grade for entry into a guided, nine-year teacher-training program that begins in high school and continues
through college. Students are supervised by classroom teachers who have agreed to be teacher mentors 
Link: http://www.tstt.org

Virginia’s Teachers for Tomorrow/Teacher Cadet (VTfT/TC) Virginia’s Teachers for Tomorrow/Teacher Cadet
(TfT/TC) program is offered to high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in education. The
program is designed to attract teacher candidates from high school students to the field of education though exposure
to a world-class curriculum and hands-on experience that focuses on teaching. The program fosters respect for
teachers and the teaching profession and provides high school role models for younger students.  
Link: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/educator_preparation/teachers_for_tomorrow/index.shtml
 
                                                  
 

 


                                        Growing Our Own Steering Council
                                                           2014-2015
 
Teacher/Advisor
School
Program
Julia Renberg
Battlefield HS
FEA
Loribeth Bosserman
Brentsville HS
FEA
Nancy Jones
Forest Park HS
FEA & TSTT
Jahb Prescott
Machell Sims
Freedom HS
TSTT & FEA
Bobbie Mandro
Gar-Field HS
FEA, VTfT/TC &TSTT
Cheryl Jackson
Lesley Johnson
Hylton HS
FEA & TSTT
Debbie Daigneau
Osbourn Park HS
FEA & VTfT/TC
Amber Davis
Patriot HS
FEA & VTfT/TC
Mary Tate
Potomac MS
FEA
Yasmin Griffin
Potomac HS
FEA & TSTT
Bernice Pierre
Rippon MS
FEA
Stephanie Nash 
Stonewall Jackson HS
TSTT
Betsy Orndoff-Sayers
Stonewall Jackson HS
FEA & VTfT/TC
Cecilia Drisco
Woodbridge HS
FEA & VTfT/TC
                                       

 
For more information Contact:
Keith Johnson, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources
         
Amy White, Director for Human Resources
 
Kelli Stenhouse, Special Programs Coordinator for Human Resources 
Email: stenhokt@pwcs.edu
 
 
  Updated 10/22/13
 
     

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