Harnett County Schools, in partnership with Campbell University, hosted its first Growing Greatness Signing Day the end of May.
Growing Greatness is an initiative to recruit and train Harnett County graduates and student teachers to become educators within the district. Harnett County Schools’ first-year cohort consists of nine graduating seniors from Harnett County high schools who plan to pursue a degree in education this fall.
“The Growing Greatness Initiative was born in an effort to continue the work that Harnett County Schools deems as one of the most important jobs we have — getting qualified teachers in every class, every day,” Monica Thompson, assistant superintendent of Human Resources stated.
In addition to Harnett County seniors, the cohort consists of 16 current education majors from Campbell University. The Harnett County Schools Human Resource Department is partnering with Campbell University to offer training and incentives to these students over the summer until graduation.
Throughout the summer, each of these students will work with the Harnett County Schools recruitment and retention staff in order to build relationships, grow professionally as future teachers, and get an in-depth view of what it’s like to be an educator in the Harnett County school system.
“We are so excited about this program and so excited to welcome these future teachers to the most noble profession — teaching,” Thompson said.