Tyus Monroe (front row, seated far left) and Consolee Mbabazi (front row, seated far right) gathered with family, friends and Columbia College staff on Wednesday to sign certificates indicating their intent to attend the college this fall as part of the Grow our Own Teacher Development program.

May 17-18, 2017 via the Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia Missourian and Columbia Public Schools

A Columbia Public Schools program designed to increase the number of minority teachers celebrated a victory Wednesday with the signing of three high school graduates to Columbia College and Stephens College with full, four-year scholarships.

The Grow Our Own Teacher Development Program provides mentors for the selected students throughout high school and their university education. When they graduate from a university and get their teaching certificates, they’re promised jobs in CPS. Hickman High School seniors Consolee Mbabazi and Tyus Monroe will attend Columbia College on scholarships valued at roughly $102,000 each.

Rock Bridge High School senior Nautica Varnum will attend Stephens College on a scholarship with a roughly $120,000 value. Their letters of intent to the colleges also include a commitment to work in Columbia Public Schools as teachers for at least four years, where they’re promised that teaching jobs will be waiting for them. 

Read more:

“Future CPS teachers commit to local colleges” – Columbia Daily Tribune

“Program to increase teacher diversity hosts college signing ceremony” – Columbia Missourian

“EdX Grow our Own Signing Ceremony” – Columbia Public Schools