Hemet teachers learn inside and outside of district classrooms

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Mentor teacher Kelsie Bradley, at right, oversees resident teacher Rebecca Ruiz instructing a small group lesson at Jacob Wiens Elementary School in Hemet. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
The Hemet Teacher Residency program through the Alder Graduate School of Education is going strong at several Hemet Unified School District locations. A three-year memorandum of understanding was signed between the two educational powerhouses in 2020. It took one year of coordinating and finding the right candidates to be mentor teachers and resident teachers. After the matches were made, the duos began working together in the classroom at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. There are 26 schools within the district and about half are participating in this program. Teacher residents are Arcelia Arellano, Kimberlee Bevis, Stephanie Bonty, Kenneth Braden, Charmaine Camper, Laura Cherland, Alexandra Hernandez, Natalia Ledesma, Riley Lick, Sarai Martinez, Rebecca Ruiz and Katie Szymanski
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