Blackstone Valley Prep hiring former students as teachers and coaches

CUMBERLAND – College seemed like a pipe dream for Mikey Correa, who had pretty much given up on school.

Then, Blackstone Valley Prep offered him a lifeline that reeled him back in.

Now, Correa, a recent University of Rhode Island graduate, is teaching seventh-grade science to a bunch of students who not only look like him but share some of the same childhood experiences.

Correa is among seven BVP grads who have returned to the school, whose mission is two-fold: to prepare all students for college and to promote diversity among its faculty and students. Founded in 2009, Blackstone Valley Prep is actually a network of public charter schools in northern Rhode Island serving 2,200 students in six schools.

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Mikey Correa, background, and his brothers Adrian, front, and Chris while they attended Blackstone Valley Prep.

Correa said he always knew he wanted to be a teacher – at least he did after enrolling in BVP as a fifth-grader.

“It’s a very weird and good feeling being back,” he said last week. “I have this student perspective. Now I have a teacher’s perspective that allows me to connect with the kids. I know what they want because I went through a similar experience.”

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