“If a person gets into teaching without the proper support, many of them leave the profession within the first three years,” Hill said. “We have a real strong reputation for our science program. One of the things we look at is what can we do as a university to help prepare high school students at a higher level than how they are entering college currently, and this fellowship helps us do that.”
LHS Principal Matt Jones said the fellowship helped the high school fill a sometimes tough void.
“The fellowship really does provide a deeper pool of candidates for those in science and math,” Jones said. “It can be a challenge to find teachers in those fields.”
Bever said his experience so far has been a great blend of teaching his passion and working with students who are eager to learn.
“I can’t complain. It’s been wonderful,” he said. “I really enjoy the people here.”
• Jason M. Rodriguez is news editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com.