University of Louisville graduate Brittany Hubert was on her way back to her hometown of St. Louis when fate interceded. She was recruited by a group called Teach Kentucky to stay in Louisville, get special training from her alma mater and become a classroom teacher in Jefferson County Public Schools.
“Our mission is to be national recruitment for local education,” said Rowan Claypool, the president of Teach Kentucky. “We’re bringing kids from all across the country that sometime during their undergraduate career decided they want to be educators.”
Hubert is one of the 168 public school teachers in Jefferson and surrounding counties recruited by Teach Kentucky over the years. All of them completed an intensive, 12-week course at UofL’s College of Education and Human Development to obtain an alternative teaching certificate. Hubert appreciated the support provided by UofL and Teach Kentucky.
“The support they gave that first year was really what was instrumental,” said Hubert. “They’re so positive, they’re so supportive, they’ll be there any time you ask them to be.”
Now a teacher at Southern High School, Hubert is happy with where Teach Kentucky led her.
“I am very glad I’m a teacher,” said Hubert. “It’s a very rewarding profession in the end.”