PATERSON, NJ – Students in Paterson Public Schools classrooms will have special teachers on Tuesday as local officials such as Mayor Andre Sayegh, City Council President Maritza Davila, and several members of the Paterson Board of Education, as well as community leaders, participate in the “Teachers for a Day” program.

State Senator Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) is also expected to participate.

The invitations came from the Paterson Education Association (PEA), the union that represents more than 3,100 education professionals serving the students of Paterson Public Schools and the City of Paterson. It is designed for community leaders to get a first-hand look at the job of teaching.

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Saying he was pleased to see new participants such as Singleton, and reminding all the guest teachers to bring their red pens, lunch boxes, and lesson plans, McEntee added that the program is an “excellent opportunity for community members to see what today’s students and schools all are about.” said. 

“Education has changed greatly since most of us went to school, and it is important for the community to understand those changes in order to plan effectively for meeting the future needs of Paterson students.”

Guest teachers will spend an entire day in the classroom and get to experience a full day of school activities under the guidance of a cooperating teacher. Each has a choice of using existing lesson plans or developing their own, according to organizers.

“Nearly everyone knows what it’s like to have a teacher, but not everyone knows what it’s like to be a teacher,” Paterson Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer, before predicting that they will find the opportunity rewarding while students will love seeing community leaders in their classrooms.

Shafer offered gratitude to McEntee and everyone at the PEA who “faithfully make this great event happen every year.”

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