The Madison Metropolitan School District’s Grow Our Own staff-to-teachers program, launched in 2013, empowers district non-certified staff to enroll in an accelerated teacher certification program with tuition paid by MMSD.
The program is part of a greater strategy to transform our culture into one of excellence and equity by building a talented workforce that better represents the diversity of our student population.
Our first five participants, selected in 2013, have completed or are currently in bilingual elementary education, bilingual technical education and guidance at Cardinal Stritch, NORDA and Concordia University. In 2014, the second group of eight participants began working toward their accelerated elementary education licenses (grades 1-8) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and all participants graduated in Spring of 2016 and placed in current teaching positions.
“I have always wanted to be a teacher. However two things stood in my way: Figuring out which age group I wanted to teach, and I wanted to be financially capable of going back to school. Through my job as a Special Education Assistant (SEA), I found that I loved working with younger kids…” - Alana Allette
“I've always wanted to work with children. Working as a custodian in the building inspired me even more. I was able to see the day to day effect the instructional staff have on the students.” - Jabalja Gussine
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Anyone who works for MMSD in a position other than a teacher, substitute teacher, administrator or other certified position is welcome to apply.
How will the district announce when the program is open for new participants?
We will post the opportunity in all work locations, informing employees exactly how to apply. We will share this information in our staff e-newsletter and on our district social media channels. In addition, we will send individual emails to current employees who are not already teachers or administrators.
Questions? Contact Sarita Foster, HR Analyst,
Human Resources 608-663-1796