February 7, 2005: Headlines: COS - Kyrgyzstan: Secondary Education: Philadelphia Inquirer: Kyrgyzstan RPCV Emilia Rastrick is ready to fill mid-term vacancies

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Kyrgyzstan RPCV Emilia Rastrick is ready to fill mid-term vacancies

Kyrgyzstan RPCV Emilia Rastrick is ready to fill mid-term vacancies

Kyrgyzstan RPCV Emilia Rastrick is ready to fill mid-term vacancies

'Boot camp' teachers ready to fill mid-term vacancies

By Susan Snyder

Inquirer Staff Writer

Fresh out of a grueling, one-month teacher boot camp of sorts, 61 newly trained educators will step into classrooms across Philadelphia tomorrow.

Filling vacancies left by teachers who retired, quit, or took midyear leaves of absence, they face a daunting situation.

Most are switching to teaching as second, or even third, careers. None has gone through a traditional four-year education-degree program. Some have had no teaching experience, save "boot camp." Half will be assigned to some of the city's most challenging classrooms, those serving special education students. And they arrive well into the school year.

But what they lack, they make up for in a major way: They are motivated. That is important in a district that has struggled for years with teacher shortages.

They all have bachelor's degrees in other fields, and they are also enrolled in an ongoing teacher-certification program offered through Temple University.

They represent the first group here trained by the New Teacher Project, a nonprofit New York company that specializes in readying nontraditional teachers for hard-to-staff classrooms.

Here is a look at three who are taking part in the program:


Emilia Rastrick. Rastrick, 32, was born in England and moved to this country when she was 14. She spent six years in the Army, which allowed her to travel around the world. She obtained a bachelor's degree in history, and she later got a master's in public administration from Rutgers University.

Rastrick served in the Peace Corps, where she taught English as a second language part time.

Most recently, she worked for Women's Opportunities Resource Center, providing online financial-management training to low-income people.

She has wanted to teach for years.

"Teaching is one of the best ways to get into a neighborhood and really know it," she said.

A resident of Germantown, she lives within blocks of Fitler Academics Plus School, where she will teach.

She already has volunteered to be a liaison between the school and groups that could provide reading coaches.

"I know these contacts. I can do that," Rastrick offered during staff training on Friday.

She's replacing a retired teacher at Fitler, which is for first through eighth graders.

Rastrick will teach health and physical education. Principal Willette Jones praised Rastrick for already having created a system of rewards and consequences for student behavior, a plan to communicate with parents, and lesson plans. "That's all critical," Jones said.

"Now," Rastrick said, "it's just a matter of hitting the ground running."

When this story was posted in February 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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