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Openings available for Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers

Feb. 1, 2016 

Students in grades 9-12 have an opportunity to participate in the Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) mentoring program at Monticello Central School District.

TSTT is for students who are interested in a career that involves teaching, coaching or leading. TSTT mentors these students by preparing them with effective leadership skills while still in high school.

"We're constantly on the lookout for inspiring programs that reflect the needs of our diverse student body,” Dana Taylor, Innovation Instigator and Supervisor of Special Programs said. “TSTT has done an amazing job of improving student academic achievement.”

TSTT has received national recognition for its successful career partnership model and was cited by former US Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley as “an innovative program that embodies many of the goals and objectives for educational excellence and should serve as a model for other regions in the nation.”

TSTT serves more than 300 high school students and over 300 college students who come from nearly 50 high schools in Connecticut, New York, Virginia and Massachusetts. According to its website, TSTT has a proven track record places increasing the number of minority and economically disadvantaged students on the teacher track.

TSTT program features include:

  • Career Development Workshops
  • Teaching with Technology Conferences
  • Teacher Mentors
  • Tutor Training
  • Job Shadowing
  • College Guidance and Visits
  • SAT Preparation
  • Summer Internships
  • College and Career Counseling Assistance

Alternatively, students in grade 8 can enroll in TSTT’s Student Leadership Movement program, which is designed for students who would like to investigate career options and start making goals for the future.

Student Leadership Movement features include:

  • Career planning and exploration
  • Character education
  • Student motivation and engagement
  • Job research: in education, STEAM, coaching and more
  • Lessons on equity, diversity, leadership and service.
  • Leadership traits
  • Service

Why join TSTT?

“There is a great need for strong and effective leadership in our society,” TSTT Mentor and Monticello High School teacher Joy Janusas said. “All students in Monticello Central School District are emerging leaders, and TSTT can help them develop a deeper understanding of leadership concepts from different perspectives.”

TSTT members meet once a month in the high school and may take part in TSTT excursions such as college visits, career and leadership based workshops, and conferences.

Students who are interested in reaching his or her full leadership potential can find out more about TSTT by contacting Dana Taylor or Joy Janusas at or, respectively.