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Central RED Society Lunch & Learn – Central Teaching Academy

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

11:30 a.m. – Lunch, Noon-presentation

Dave and Ardie Sutphen Common Room, Graham Annex

Cost: $10

Mindi Kacmarynski will talk about the Central Teacher Academy (CTA) program, a three-year
collaborative model for preparing prospective teachers, which utilizes the resources of Central
College, the Pella Community School District and Pella Christian Grade School. As freshmen,
Central education students apply, are interviewed and selected to participate in CTA. Selected
students are trained and paired with mentor teachers from Pella Community Schools. Compared
to other Central education students, CTA students spend a minimum of an additional 250 hours
in mentors’ classroom and attending trainings. Kacmarynskiwill be joined by a panel of current
students in the program.

Mindi Kacmarynski is a 1993 graduate of Central College where she was a member of the 1993
softball national championship team. She was the first CTA coordinator until 2006 and returned to
the position in 2014. Mindi and husband Rich are the proud parents of five children.

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