"Science teaching is at its best when it is most like an apprenticeship" J. Robert Oppenheimer (1947)

Research indicates K – 12 students’ understanding of mathematics and science, their ability to use it to solve problems, and their confidence and disposition toward the subject matter are all shaped by the teaching they encounter in school.  The Teacher Apprentice Project (TAP) is a win-win situation for our Santa Maria/Guadalupe partnerships (SMBSD, SMJUHS and McKenzie) and Cal Poly.  Approximately 12 undergraduate engineering and science students from Cal Poly will be recruited as TAP students per quarter.  Their mission will ask them to work for a maximum of 8 hours per week with teachers in Santa Maria as a teacher-assistant/tutor in science classes for 4th/5th, 7th/8th grades or High School.  A grant goal is to foster the Cal Poly students into a possible path of teaching science or mathematics. 

Steps for Becoming a Science and Mathematics TAP student:

1. Complete Cal Poly District Application Form as soon as you have completed your registration and mail form to Dr. Lola Berber-Jimenez (lberberj@calpoly.edu).  It works best if you have a block of 7 -8 hours so you can travel to Santa Maria, assist for approximately 6 hours, and travel back to SLO.

TAP application form .doc

2.  Students accepted will be given notice before the Fall quarter.  Students accepted need to complete a TB test and obtain Live Scan (finger printing) clearances. You will be reimbursed for the finger printing at the end of the program.

3.  TAP students are paid $17 per hour (Santa Maria only) that includes 40-60 minutes of drive time to and from Santa Maria.  We will try to pair TAP students to accommodate car pooling.  Depending on resources, students are limited to 10 hours each week. Preparation time can be included for maximum of 2 hours. TAP students that













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Schools participating in TAP: Rice, Oakley, Ontiveros, Taylor, Alvin, Liberty, Tunnell, Sanchez, Miller, Kunst, Fesler, Arellanes, El Camino, McKenzie, Santa Maria HS and Pioneer Valley HS.

You MUST have these forms before your start date:

  1. Live Scan Fingerprinting & DOJ clearance-Get from Cal Poly police and send to SMB
  2. TB Clearance- go to health center at Cal Poly
  3. TAP application form-above (send to Dr. Berber)
  4. District Identification Card - (students come to District Office for Photo ID- SMBSD only). The district office is located in 708 S. Miller St in Santa Maria a.k.a Souza Center. Call Bama Medley (361-8223) to make sure there will be someone in HR.

To get paid, you MUST have these forms (turn in at Cal Poly Corporation):

  1. Application for Student Intermittent employment-Cal Poly Corporation: here
  2. Payroll Information Form (PIF) (Bring to me to sign)
  3. W-4 Form-Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate: www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw4.pdf
  4. Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form: www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf

Fall Quarter student assignement:

Timecards periods end: 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, 12/7. The timecards are due the following Monday in Dr. Berber's office before noon.

AVID training: this tutor training is optional but highly recommended. It will be at Cal Poly on October 20 & 27. To sign-up contact Phill Britton (805) 782-7277 or pbritton@slocoe.org. The TAP program pays hours in this area at $10/hour so enter 4 hours for each 6-hour weekend in your timecard.

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Requirement to be in the classroom in SMBUSD & Cal Poly's employee forms:

  • Live Scan Fingerprinting (DOJ)
  • TB Clearance
  • Application for Student Intermittent employment-Cal Poly Corporation
  • Payroll Information Form (PIF)
  • W-4 Form-Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate
  • Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form
Student assignment by SCHOOLS Student assignment by TEACHER

Students need to submit hours montly or by-weekley depending on your sponsor. IF you are sponsored by MSTI, an electronic timecard has to be submitted to Mendy Dearborn (mdearbor@calpoly.edu) before the end of the month. If youTimecards are DUE in Dr. Berber's office (53-211 Liberal Studies Office) on: 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, etc

Santa Maria-Bonita web page: HERE

Santa Maria-Bonita teacher contact: Bama Medley at: 361-8223

This program is supported by CaMSP more info. here Dr. Berber's (science) website