By Kathrine Gomez Acevedo
In the 1995, the TLI program was created. This program started in Rochester at East High School. The TLI program was created with a grant from the Ford Foundation to help the RCSD grow their own teachers. The groups that also helped start this program were the U of R, SUNY Geneseo, MCC, and Action for a Better Community. Another purpose of the TLI program is to build up RCSD teachers and diversity to the teaching corps. Founder Mrs. Delehanty said, “After 21 years, more than 275 students have graduated from the program many who have continued in the field of education. We have 3 staff members who were TLI graduates: Rob Snyder, Stephanie Bliss and Melissa Morale.”
This program involved students who are interested in the teaching career and want to learn more about how to become one. This program helps students develop their potential as leaders for the next generation. As they say, “What we learn with pleasure, you will never forget.”
TLI instructors teach students several parts of learning skills, how our brains work and learn, how to build up relationships with kids, going beyond the classroom and making it a memorable time for everyone. In the classroom is not just a workplace; it's also a room where you experience new things, like activities outside, playing games with classmates and getting to know each other, take field trips to elementary schools and experience how been a teacher feels like. If you start at an early grade it will feel like a home for you. You can start at grade 9 the latest you can enter is grade 11. For more information about the TLI program visit Mrs. Delehanty in room E116.