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Morning Sun
  • TROJAN TRIBUNE: FEA partners with GMS in math tutoring

  • Future Educators Association members have been partnering with GMS math instructors Janet Jackman and Nate Clevenger to tutor seventh and eighth grade students who need individual help in math.

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  • Future Educators Association members have been partnering with GMS math instructors Janet Jackman and Nate Clevenger to tutor seventh and eighth grade students who need individual help in math.
    The partnership began in 2010 when Mrs. Jackman noticed that some of the students who had extra assistance at Haderlein struggled at the middle school level.
    To help these students, she approached FEA sponsor Kayla Pruitt about having high school students work with the seventh and eighth graders as tutors.
    Mrs. Pruitt then presented the opportunity to FEA members.
    Each Monday and Tuesday, FEA tutors pick up their middle school students from their seminars before checking in with Mrs. Jackman.
    From there, they begin working through daily assignments with the students in the middle school hallway.
    “I really appreciate the high school students coming down to help our middle school math students,” GMS Principal Randy Heatherly said.
    GMS students look forward to working with their tutors. “I get asked a lot by my kids, ‘Is my tutor coming today?’” Mrs. Jackman said.
    Regarding the time spent with his tutors, Cameryn Simons said, “They help you get your homework done faster and with no problems. They’re really nice.”
    Jazmin Mitchell added, “They help me get a better grade. I also like getting to know the tutors.”
    Since the GMS students have been working with their tutors, Mrs. Jackman has noticed an improvement in the students’ math skills, especially on the days they receive assistance.
    However, both Mrs. Jackman and Mrs. Pruitt agree that the individual attention is the biggest strength of the partnership.
    “Our middle school tutoring program is great because it provides struggling students the extra help they need and also provides our future educators an opportunity to work one-on-one with students,” Mrs. Pruitt said.
    Mr. Heatherly added, “The one-on-one time that is provided is very beneficial to students who need a little more individual assistance to get their assignment successfully completed. Additionally, it serves as good experience for the students considering teaching as a career.”
    The impact of the program goes beyond developing math skills. Middle school students also get the chance to get a glimpse of what high school is like while high school students develop patience.
     “I believe this benefits both the middle and high school students. The middle school students are getting to work one-on-one with someone on their math homework, and the high school students are getting a feel for what it will be like to be a teacher someday,” Mrs. Jackman said.
    Junior Christian Provence agreed, saying, “FEA tutoring is a great way to get experience for a future career in education, and I also enjoy helping my student learn to improve his math skills.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Seventh grade students participating in the program include Chayce Couch, Tallon Edwards, Rachel Mata, Charly McCully, Jazmin Mitchell, Alex Molina, Cameryn Simons and Grant Waterman.
    The eighth grade student is Wade Erickson.
    FEA tutors include Bethany Baker, Alix Beezley, McKenna Belcher, Osha Coon, Bre Daly, Taylor Evans, Rylee Hamblin, Delaney Hirst, Ashley Johnson, Erin Kruse, Austin Parker, Christian Provence, Emily Rawlings, Cassidy Thomason and Dani Weitkamp.
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