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Yopp Institute supports first-year teachers

Anthony Sparks made it through his first year of teaching.

“It was a rollercoaster of emotions, stressful planning, working with parents,” says Sparks, a graduate of UNCG’s School of Education who teaches math at Page High School.

He was back in the classroom last week as part of UNCG’s Yopp Institute for Beginning Teachers. And he was surrounded by other teachers just like him.

“This is very helpful, helping us hash out our first year and learn from our mistakes,” he says. “The most important thing I get out of it is the fact that there is a commonality with what’s happening.That I’m not alone.”

The Yopp Institute is a free, two-day workshop held each summer. Only first-year teachers are accepted, and about 60 teachers from Guilford County and surrounding areas registered this summer.

Although the Yopp Institute is not limited to UNCG alumni, many of the teachers who attend are UNCG-trained teachers.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Michelle Hines