LCSD starts Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers mentoring program

Students in grade 9-10 have an opportunity to participate in the
Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) mentoring program at
Liberty Central School District.

TSTT is a career development and mentoring program that recruits and trains students for college, and later, a rewarding career in teaching. TSTT mentors these students by preparing them with effective leadership skills while still in high school.

The program is part of a school initiative that supports and
mentors students who would like to pursue a career in education.
The program’s advisor, Lisa Adrian-Davies, helps to identify,
recruit, and mentor those current students who after college may
return to Liberty classrooms as teachers and school leaders.

TSTT has received national recognition for its successful career
partnership model and was cited by former US Secretary of
Education, Richard W. Riley as “an innovative program that
embodies many of the goals and objectives for educational
excellence and should serve as a model for other regions in the
nation.”

TSTT serves more than 300 high school students and over 300
college students who come from nearly 50 high schools in
Connecticut, New York, Virginia and Massachusetts. According to
its website, TSTT has a proven track record places increasing the
number of minority and economically disadvantaged students on the
teacher track.

Additionally, TSTT students can qualify for a minimum 50 percent
tuition scholarship from its growing roster of partner colleges.

Students are requested to attain a B+ average by their senior year, volunteer for two hours a week as a tutor and volunteer for twenty hours in the summer.

TSTT program features include:
• Career Development Workshops
• Teaching with Technology Conferences
• Teacher Mentors
• Tutor Training
• Job Shadowing
• College Guidance and Visits
• SAT Preparation
• Summer Internships
• College and Career Counseling Assistance

Why join TSTT?
“There is a great need for strong and effective leadership in our
community,” Ms. Adrian-Davies said. “All students in
Liberty Central School District are emerging leaders, and TSTT can
help them develop a deeper understanding of leadership concepts
from different perspectives.”

TSTT members meet regularly in the high school and may take part
in TSTT excursions such as college visits, career and leadership
based workshops, and conferences. Soon they will begin weekly
tutoring sessions with middle school students and students who
speak English as a Second Language.

The club recently went to Ellenville High School to attend
workshops on leadership, financial planning, and conflict
resolution. It was also a great opportunity to meet like-minded
students from Sullivan County.

These future teachers are below: (front row) Ana Barragan, Destiny
Pearson, Stefanie Quintanilla; (back row) Leah Fitzgerald,
Gabriella Fontana, Maleiah Drayton, Nijah Poole, Ciara Mathis.

Students who would like to learn more about TSTT can contact Lisa
Adrian-Davies at LAdrianDavies@libertyk12.org or (845) 292-5400
ext. 4209.