As excited new teachers took the Teacher’s Oath this past spring, many, like Ryan Pittsenbarger, say they had their cooperating teachers to thank for much of their success.
Pittsenbarger, an early/late childhood major from Lamar, Mo., said he had accepted a job offer from the Liberty (Mo.) school district and will begin his first teaching job there this fall. Pittsenbarger said his cooperating teacher, Alicia Shorter, a second-grade teacher in Carl Junction, Mo., is responsible for him landing his first job.
“Everything I said in that interview, I learned from her,” Pittsenbarger said. “It was the best experience I think I could have imagined,” Pittsenbarger said of serving as a student teacher under Shorter. “I learned so much!”