JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – For Kyla Cousin and Kiara Johnson, their venture into teaching is just beginning.

“It’s been exciting. I’ve always worked in daycares. I’ve always done this work, but never as a teacher. It’s like a dream come true,” said Johnson, a teacher at Van Winkle Elementary.

She along with Cousin are first-year teachers at Van Winkle Elementary. 

The pair’s friendship began at Bailey APAC Middle School and evolved as 2017 graduates of Murrah High School.

“We’ve just grown closer together throughout our matriculation to high school,” said Cousin. “We went to separate colleges, came back together and decided to teach at Van wonderful this year. We’re very excited about that.” 

These Jackson Public School teachers say they want to give back to the community that they say gave back to them.

“If you’re a parent, truly commit to your student and their learning. Make sure they get that solid foundation at home.”

Looking ahead, the duo plans to open up an early childhood center for children under the age of four in the Metro area.