Teacher Corps finds new director

By Andrew Abernathy/University of Mississippi

OXFORD – Tom Brady will join the University of Mississippi faculty as the new director of the Mississippi Teacher Corps, a selective alternate-route teacher training program.
As the new director of the 24-year-old program, Brady will join the UM School of Education on Aug. 1 with more than 15 years of experience as both a high school math teacher in Connecticut and Massachusetts and as a faculty member at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.
He will be the first full director of the program, breaking away from a previous structure with co-directors.
“This program really spoke to me because it impacts children in high-needs areas,” said Brady, a native of Farmington, Conn. “I was an alternate route teacher. The last program I coordinated used a similar model for training non-education majors to become teachers, so this really is a tailor fit.”
Both of the program’s current co-directors are leaving that position. Andy Mullins, who co-founded Mississippi Teacher Corps, is retiring at the end of this month. Ryan Niemeyer was recently appointed director of the UM chapter of the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program.
Mullins, who also had been working as chief of staff to the chancellor, will return to Ole Miss in October to teach part time in the School of Education.
Brady was chosen after a national search. He also will serve as a tenure track assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education.
“I am delighted Doctor Brady has chosen to come down to be the full director of the Teacher Corps,” Mullins said. “I’m confident that we’re putting the program in very capable hands. He has run an alternate route program before, and he has the know-how and personality to work with young teachers in school districts that need help.”
More than 460 teachers have graduated from the Teacher Corps, which places some of the nation’s top college graduates in Mississippi’s most demanding classrooms in the Delta and other critical-needs areas.
The two-year program requires teachers to complete course work at the School of Education to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. It also qualifies teachers to apply for an advanced Mississippi teacher’s license from the Mississippi Department of Education.