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Future Fort Zumwalt teachers Brooke McPhee, Gavin Davidson and Carly Friehofer.

The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education met one of its future employees last month.

Gavin Davidson, 18, was recognized at the board’s Jan. 20 meeting as one of the newest members of the Grow Your Own Teacher program. The senior from North High was one of three students to be chosen for program in the 2014-15 school year. Carly Friehofer and Brooke McPhee, also GYOT recipients, were recognized at the December meeting.

“We really put them to the test, and we’re very happy with the students chosen,” said Jackie Floyd, assistant superintendent of student personnel.

The Grow Your Own Teacher Program provides financial assistance to accepted students who are studying to teach in high needs areas. Funded by the Fort Zumwalt Public School Education Foundation, accepted students receive $3,000 for tuition each semester of college. In return, those students are obligated to teach in that high needs area within the Fort Zumwalt School District for four years. Currently the program has graduated five teachers who are now working in the district: three in special education, one in math, and one in science.

In addition to providing students with forgivable loans, the program also pairs students up with mentors and provides leadership training twice a year.

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