Liam Gallagher’s (PTRP) Path to Becoming an Employed Educator

Posted on June 06, 2022

headshot of Liam Gallagher

The Piedmont Teacher Residency Partnership (PTRP) is a 14-month program that is an innovative, effective residency that prepares highly-qualified, diverse teachers for success in Rockingham and Surry County Schools, while working towards a master’s degree in education.

Liam Gallagher graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in English degree from UNC Greensboro in May 2021, and decided to pursue a career in education during his senior year. He signed up for the Piedmont Teacher Residency Partnership, that same summer, May 2021 and is slated to graduate in August 2022.

“I like connecting with people, so when I realized I could use my English degree to connect with people, it made me feel good,” Gallagher said.

After Gallagher finishes his studies in August, he will start as a full-time high school English teacher that fall. While he didn’t initially think of becoming a teacher, he’s thrilled to share his passion for English with his students. 

“I’m looking forward to having my own classroom and just finding my own sense of independency and everything,” he said. 

The mission of Piedmont Teacher Residency Partnership (PTRP) is to recruit and retain high quality teachers in hard to staff areas in rural districts through a university/district partnership. We want to partner with rural districts to design justice-oriented teacher education pathways grounded in local community, critical dialogue, and transformative educational experiences through making and design.

Learn more about the PTRP program by visiting