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Teachers for Tomorrow


Program Purpose:
Our goal is to increase the pool of highly qualified teachers, the purposes of the Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow Program are:

  • To identify, train, and nurture high school students interested in a teaching career
  • To support the efforts of Virginia’s school divisions to meet hiring targets by cultivating an effective “grow your own” recruitment program
  • To create a high school curricular experience designed to foster student interest, understanding, and appreciation of the teaching profession
  • To attract students to teaching in critical shortage and high needs areas of the state.

Students will be introduced to careers in teaching and in   education and develop an understanding of the education profession.

Applicant Requirements:

Students must complete the following eligibility requirements to be considered for enrollment in the program: 

  • Be a high school junior or senior
  • Have and maintain a minimum 2.7 grade point average
  • Submit three satisfactory teacher recommendations
  • Submit a brief essay and application.

Are you interested?
Contact your High School counselor and fill out an application for this exciting program being offered at Valley Career and Technical Center.

Course Content

· Explore student interests

· Build a foundation for teaching

· History, structure and governance of teaching

· Learn and apply professional        techniques in the classroom

· Reflect on teaching experiences

Course Details

Teachers for Tomorrow (TFT) I (Semester 1)

Teachers for Tomorrow (TFT) II (Semester 2)

GRADE  11, 12

Course Length: 1 year

Industry Credentials Offered



Options After HS


Teachers Aide, Child Care, Substitute Teacher

Local Employers:  Local School Divisions

Career Certificate/ Associate Degree (2 yr) program

BRCC—Early Childhood Development

Bachelor’s /Post Baccalaureate Degree (4 yr+) majors

Teacher—Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, High School, School Counselor, Librarian, School Psychologist

About the Instructor

Hi my name is Lucy Marion, and I am a Teachers for Tomorrow Instructor!

This is my second year teaching here at Valley Tech and my fourteenth year teaching overall. I am very excited to navigate this unique year with my new students. We will have a wonderful opportunity to discover new and creative ways to deliver instruction! I am a graduate of Wilson Memorial High School. I earned a degree in Psychology and a minor in Math from Radford University. I started my career in teaching as a PALS Aid for two years, then taught sixth grade math for eleven years. I have truly enjoyed my time so far at VCTC and working with future teachers.

My favorite past times are spending time with my family, enjoying my pets, checking out new restaurants, and binge watching Netflix. My husband, Chris, and I have four children between us. Our oldest daughter, Abby, has accepted a position as an Agriculture teacher in Augusta County.  My step-son, Cooper, is employed by Target Distribution Center. Emma is a senior at Virginia Tech, majoring in Theater with a Minor in English. Finally, my step-daughter, Simone, is a freshman in high school. My husband and I truly enjoy all the fun they bring us as we watch their lives unfold.

We have two dogs, Ginny and Zoey. Ginny is a thirteen year old border collie and Zoey is a rambunctious two year old Rottweiler. They are not the best of friends, but Zoey is determined to fix that!

Email: marionl@valleytech.us

School: 540-245-5002
Fax:  540-885-0407