In August, Fort Smith Public Schools rolled out a new internship program to give students “real world” experience in professional fields of their interest.
Students must apply and be accepted to the program. They each earn 180 hours of work experience each semester. They are evaluated at the end of the semester by the employer.
We want to introduce you to some of these bright young students:
Brittany Fuhr is enrolled in the internship program and is assisting teachers at Spradling Elementary School.
The 17-year-old senior at Northside High School has known for a while that she wants to be a teacher. She hopes this internship will help her to decide what grade level she wants to be her focus.
“I started helping out in kindergarten and first grade,” Brittany said. “They are switching me around, so I’ll be at all the grades (kindergarten through sixth grade). Hopefully, after this (internship), I’ll have an idea of what I want.”
Though she spends a great deal of time walking around the classrooms answering questions, Brittany said she will be able to teach some lessons this semester.
“I’ve learned how to observe their behavior, differentiate between what they want and what they need,” she said. “I’ve also learned how to reward good behavior.”
Brittany, who has two older brothers, balances school, her internship and work at Buffalo Wild Wings.
“My standards are very high. I try to do the very best I can everywhere I go,” she said.
Brittany attended Spradling when she was younger and said returning there to teach after she earns a degree in education from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith would be her dream.
“I really like this program because it is helping me make a decision,” she said. “I needed to see if this is what I really wanted to do. Now, I think I will love to be a teacher.”