Community to Teacher Pipeline Being Created at FMS

August 5, 2021

Farmington Municipal Schools (FMS) is embarking on a multi-year project to establish a Community to Teacher Pipeline. Currently, districts in all settings across the country are experiencing a teacher shortage. The project, in partnership with higher education institutions, the Navajo Nation, and community partners, will allow FMS to meet its goal of increasing qualified candidates to enter the teaching profession and to build stronger ties with families and community partners.

A $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will support the district to create the community to teacher pipeline over the next three years.

“We are starting a very exciting project. FMS will grow, recruit and retain our own educators who can relate to, understand needs of, and provide relevant and culturally appropriate opportunities to the students and families in our communities,” said Nicole Lambson, Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Federal Programs.

“If that wasn’t enough, FMS will also partner (and grow) with local organizations that provide important services to our parents that want to become more involved in their children’s education or become educators themselves,” she continued.

The project builds on the work Farmington Schools does supporting candidates in pursuing TESOL endorsements, bilingual language strategies that address the unique needs of students from poverty, as well as the needs of monolingual/bilingual students.

FMS will also develop a resource center for teachers and other participants about scholarship and funding opportunities to enter school or continue higher education.

“The benefits of a community to teacher pipeline program also include providing employment, training, and security through a career that offers benefits and retirement. We are looking forward to seeing the results of this great project,” said Dr. Eugene Schmidt, Superintendent of Farmington Schools.

Over the past two years, FMS has seen interest from parents to become more actively involved in education, and to pursue educational opportunities as a career. Two of our seven parents who were involved in our Ready! for Kindergarten and Parent Liaison programs have currently enrolled in and started working towards a degree in early education. FMS hopes to increase the number of community partnerships by at least 2 each year to assist our families.

Presently, FMS has 12 out-of-school time youth development professionals, 7 Ready! for kindergarten parent facilitators, 12 parent liaisons, with two positions posted to support bilingual families, and 6 Native American Youth Advisors. As part of this project, the district would like to add an additional 6 parents and 8 youth development professionals so all schools have a parent representative within the district and family support programs over the next three years.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.