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Lawmakers consider expanding ECU's teacher-mentorship program

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State lawmakers are eyeing the New Teacher Support Program (NTSP) at two Pitt County schools---they're looking to see if it’s worth implementing at schools all across the state. 
Representative Craig Horn of Union County sat down with new teachers enrolled in the program. “We've got a tremendous amount of talent here and this is an opportunity for us in the legislature to see what's being done, what the challenges are and listen to the folks.”

The NTSP program hosted by the East Carolina University College of Education provides new teachers with mentors who can help them navigate tough situations on the job, like communicating with parents or developing more effective teaching methods. 

John Dunning, an English teacher at North Pitt High School says, “When you go through college, you get student teaching and then they say kind of just go out there and do it, but the reality is that we need more support as teachers and we need someone who's there for when we succeed and when we fail.” 

Lawmakers say the program's success impressed them and that they plan on taking it back to Raleigh to see if it can be expanded.
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