Teens Explore Teaching Careers in Future Educators
Byline: Morgan Durland
Gandhi once said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
This is what the Future Educators of America at Kaneland High School hope to achieve, according to Lindsey Baumgartner, a senior and FEA member.
Recently, three members of the Kaneland FEA organization traveled to Denver to participate in the national conference for students interested in becoming educators. About 650 students from across the country attended the "Make A Difference - Teach!" conference, including students from Batavia and West Aurora high schools, according to Pam Ferdinand, FEA sponsor.
There are 15 FEA chapters in this area, many of them started by Ellen Neuport from Aurora University, Ferdinand noted.
Students had the chance to submit essays, scrapbooks and displays for awards. They also took part in seminars and workshops with guest speakers to learn about the skills teachers need in order to be successful. The guest speakers were teachers from different states, including the National Teacher of the Year, Michele Foreman, a high school teacher from Vermont.
Other seminars taught FEA members how to deal with students who have learning disabilities, how to present a good interview, how to involve parents and the community in schools, and how to recognize leadership skills that principals need.
Senior Cris Burkhalter said guest speakers passed on additional information on what teaching is like and on what to expect in the real world.
"Teachers have to be willing to listen, outgoing, funny and passionate about their students," said senior Cassandra Foley, FEA member.
It is also important that the teacher is able to teach the student, not just the material, she added.
"They need to be flexible and have the ability to learn everyday," said senior Erin Arno, FEA member. …