Lauderdale County teacher spends a week at The Star

By Staff
July 24, 2004
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
Fifth-grade language arts teacher Abbie Hall worked alongside reporters and advertisers at The Meridian Star this week and she was surprised at how calm everyone was.
Hall, who teaches at Northeast Middle School, was one of 20 Meridian and Lauderdale County teachers who participated in a week-long internship program this week at several local businesses.
Hall has been a teacher at Northeast for eight years. Last year, she was named the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for Lauderdale County and was awarded $1,000 to spend on her school.
The Summer Teacher Internship Program is sponsored by Meridian Community College and the Meridian Workforce Council, a group of local businessmen headed by Meridian School Board member George Myers.
Nan Robinson, tech prep coordinator at MCC, coordinates the teachers and assigns them to a workplace.
For their work, teachers receive a stipend of $50 a day and earn four continuing education units.
Robinson said the teacher internship program is important because it gives teachers the opportunity to see first-hand the practical applications of what they teach in the classroom.
And Hall said the most educational part of her week at The Star was seeing how the different departments work together to publish the paper.
Others that participated in the internship were Mississippi Power, Southern Cast Products, the city of Meridian, Specialty Row Products, Lake Shore Studios, Rolls Royce, Gipson Steel, Coca-Cola, Rush Foundation Hospital, Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center, Structural Steel, Pioneer Inc., AES Ltd., BellSouth and the East Mississippi Electric Power Association.
Applications for the teacher internship program will be available at each school in Meridian and Lauderdale County in March. For more information about the teacher intern program, call 483-8241.

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