New school for teachers opens in North Andover

November 18, 2016 by  

The Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support has recently been launched by the School of Education and Social Policy of Merrimack College in North Andover, funded by and in partnership with the Winston Center for Excellence.

New teachers who live in Andover and the surrounding communities will find the Institute as a resource for helping them transition into the field, and collaborate with educators in the area who are both new and experienced.

Director of the Institute and dean of the education school, Isabelle Cherney, commented that one of the most important services in this country today is being provided by schools of education, training teachers of the future who will prepare children for success in life and work. However, she added, many new teachers feel overwhelmed when they graduate and the attrition rate is high soon after teachers have begun teaching.

Mentoring new and current teachers and providing a community for ongoing support is the primary goal of the Merrimack Institute for New Teacher Support. The intent is that it will be a model to help in the retention of teachers not only on a regional basis, but across the country as well.

The Institute might benefit from the assistance of a local printing company to promote the school with posters, brochures, and other printed materials.