P-TEACH paves the way for a new generation of educators

Pathways to Teaching, or P-TEACH, is paving the way for a new generation of educators in the St. Vrain Valley School District.

Open to students and paraprofessionals in the district, P-TEACH provides college credit through University of Colorado-Denver, or CU Denver, and Front Range Community College, concurrent with their high school track in SVVSD. The program focuses on early childhood education experience, as well as bilingual teaching, special education and STEM pathways. 

Starting in 2017, P-TEACH Coordinator and Instructor Wendy Howerstein said early recruitment was a struggle as the district coordinated with high school counselors and education staff to bring in interested students. The first semester it was offered, Howerstein said there were nearly 30 students participating.