Local school systems will support Rome and Floyd County teachers to earn graduate degrees at Berry College, thanks to a tuition assistance program announced this week.
Teachers can pursue a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree as soon as 2024.
Floyd County Schools Superintendent Glenn White said “This program is a great opportunity for our employees to get an advanced degree at a high-quality educational institution. We appreciate our relationship with Berry College. This is an example of community partners working together for the benefit of Rome and Floyd County.”
Rome City Schools Superintendent Eric L. Holland agreed.
“Our partnership with Berry College marks a significant step forward in our efforts to support and retain exceptional educators. This program not only benefits our teachers but also contributes to the overall enhancement of our educational community. We are grateful for the shared vision and dedication demonstrated by Berry College,” Holland said.
Berry Provost David Slade said the college was founded for the purpose of making a difference in the educational experience of the community.
“We think that these partnerships are a wonderful opportunity to have a new expression of the Berry College mission in our local community,” he said.
Alan Hughes, Dean of the Charter School of Education and Human Sciences, added “Berry College is excited to partner with Rome City and Floyd County Schools to address the growing need of classroom teachers who desire to strengthen and increase their competencies to design, to implement, and to evaluate curriculum and instruction.
The partnership between Berry, Rome and Floyd offers teachers a pathway to follow new career opportunities that can directly impact students at all grade levels.”
Berry also partnered with Bartow County and Cartersville school systems in a similar agreement earlier this year.