Chesterfield County Public Schools recognizes that a diverse teaching workforce benefits all staff and students. With more than half of the student population identifying as other than white, Chesterfield County Public Schools is considered a “majority-minority” school division, but division staff does not currently reflect the student population.
The Mirror Me program aims to recruit and retain teachers of varied backgrounds by increasing the number of minority teachers, changing the perceptions of hiring practices and promoting the importance of the teaching profession.
CCPS has partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University to build pathways for students to pursue higher education and become teachers in their own community. Click here to learn about how the Mirror Me program began.
Mirror Me is available to high school juniors and seniors in Chesterfield County and college students at Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University who are interested in becoming a teacher.
Program participants who successfully complete a teaching degree through VCU or VSU are guaranteed a teaching position in Chesterfield County Public Schools.
At the high school level, Mirror Me identifies juniors and seniors in Chesterfield Schools who have the aptitude and mindset for teaching, and creates a pathway for them to reach that career goal in Chesterfield County through teaching programs at Virginia Commonwealth University or Virginia State University. By connecting with students in its own schools, the division has an opportunity to strengthen the teacher workforce and increase the number of diverse candidates who return to serve their own community.
College students currently enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University or Virginia State University seeking a teaching degree can also enter the program.
Participants will receive support through mentoring programs and financial incentives throughout their undergraduate experience. Upon graduation, each participant will be guaranteed a teaching contract with Chesterfield County Public Schools.
CCPS high school juniors and seniors and students at VCU and VSU who are interested in the Mirror Me program should complete the application at the link below.