POSTED: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 8:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 12:56pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — South Louisiana has 100 new teachers trying to make a difference in some of its most impoverished schools. Wednesday the Teach for America corp members worked on service projects across the city. One group helped give Lanier Elementary School a fresh look.
"If you are going to be teaching in a community and your going to be a part of the community you really need to get to know that community," Kate Williams, a TFA new member from Utah, explained. "One of the best ways to do that is to get out do something for people."
TFA Officials say this years group of teachers has a record number of teachers with a connection to Louisiana. One of those teachers is Aimee Simon. Simon is an LSU grad at will start teaching Pre-K at Lanier Elementary this fall. She hasn't been assigned her classroom yet, but she already feels at home at the school.
"I can not wait to start working here just getting a sneak peak and doing some painting really makes me more excited," Simon said.
Simon's new boss principal Alicia Franklin was glad for Simon and the other teachers help. She says the school was in desperate need of touch-ups.
"Teachers always take the extra step when it comes to their classroom, but to have someone to come in and say we are willing to paint your school or clean up or what ever it is that you need from us. It makes it more special," Franklin said.
The TFA members will spend the next two years in classrooms across South Louisiana. Franklin said having the TFA team in the classroom makes a big difference.
"Working here is a challenge; however, it is an enjoyable challenge. Each day you get the opportunity to see your work in action," Franklin explained.
The challenge is one the teachers said they're ready to accept no matter what school they end up teaching in.
"I think just offering a fresh perspective. It's just entergy and excited," Simon said.
"I know that what I can bring to the table is just hard work," Williams stated. "I'm going to do everything I can as an individual to help."
The 100 new teachers are joining more than 50 second year TFA teachers who together will reaching more than 10,000 students this coming school year.