LaTeach partnership gives aspiring teachers hands on experienceLaTeach is giving graduate students a new kind of educational experience in their transition from behind the desk to the front of the classroom. LaTeach is a partnership between the University and West Feliciana High School, which pairs graduate students with mentor teachers so they can gain hands-on teaching experience while completing their master’s or doctorate degrees. According to a report released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, 40 to 50 percent of new teachers leave after their first five years on the job, especially in rural public schools like West Feliciana High School. New teachers face many challenges during their first years as educators, Carroll said. The primary challenge is translating subject matter into classroom instruction and management.