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Teachers Receive Expert Technology Instruction For Students' Benefit

Posted June 21, 2001 5:16 a.m. EDT

— For one week this summer, 140 public school teachers are getting expert technology instruction for free from a private school. The partnership is creating stronger teachers for your kids.

Cary Academy, a private school in Wake County, is offering teachers a chance to learn from other teachers the skills needed for the benefit of their students. Teachers are already reaping the benefits the Summer Technology Course has to offer.

"The more I learn, the more my students can learn. That's my job as a teacher, so that's why I'm here," says teacher Carol Mickel.

Fellow teacher Julie Hohns is upgrading her skills as well in the program.

"My disabled kids can do things on the computer that they can't do with paper and pencil, so this is exciting for me because the more I learn about computers and the more that I learn, the more my kids learn," she says.

Jason Franklin teaches math at the Academy. He is helping other teachers create Web pages that they will use back at their schools.

"It's empowering to see someone who doesn't know something and, in less than a week, know something that's very useful to them," he says.

The grant-sponsored program is limited to full-time public school teachers working in North Carolina. Applications are currently being accepted and positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.