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Some New S.D. Teachers Earn Credential Through Internship Program

More than 400 new teachers will take their place in San Diego classrooms this academic year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has this report. 

Hundreds of new teachers took part in a special raffle after taking part in an all-day orientation last week. Some teachers are new to the profession, others are just new to San Diego. Mike Drake is a teacher from Mississippi. He's says he's ready to take on his new students.

Drake: It is scary at first. I've talked to a lot of new teachers here and this is their first time and they're pacing and sweating, but I love it - its fun ultimately.   

More than half of the teachers here are first time educators. About 33 professionals are taking part in a paid internship program which allows them to earn a teaching credential without going back to college. Cynthia Pettino ended a career in hospitality to teach. She's grateful she got accepted into the program.  

Pettino: It’s hard not to get touched by it. Because for 12 years I didn't go for this because of the money and the time in life.

Most of the teacher interns were picked because they specialize in math, science or a foreign language. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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