Greensboro teacher Jessica Swann and Salisbury University Intern Tara Gomez were awarded the Outstanding Mentor / Intern Co-Teaching award from Salisbury University. The award was presented during Salisbury University’s 26th annual Regional Professional Development Schools Celebration.
The pair was nominated by their Salisbury University intern supervisor Elaine O’Neal for the team teaching observed by her at Greensboro Elementary School. The award is given annually to one mentor/intern pair from early childhood or elementary, and one mentor/intern pair for secondary/P12/physical education. Mentors and interns are asked to co-teach, as it provides the greatest benefit to students.
In her nomination, Ms. O’Neal wrote, “The dynamic between Ms. Swan and Tara Gomez was impressive! Each time that I observed this pair, it looked like they had been working together for years! They finished each other’s sentences, the students viewed them both as the teachers in the classroom … I really enjoyed visiting Jessica and Tara each week.”
Following her internship, Ms. Gomez was offered and accepted a teaching position at Denton Elementary School.