Some 45 area high school students who are aspiring teachers met recently at Chipola College.
The Chipola Future Educator’s Club led high school students in various activities. The students previewed Chipola education classes, toured the education department, practiced leadership, learning and instructional strategies, and experimented with microbial structures in a biology lab.
Through a Succeed Florida grant, Chipola officials developed a Teacher Outreach Program targeting seven district high schools to identify students interested in careers in education. The schools organized Future Educators Clubs under the direction of Teacher Outreach Coordinator, Joan Lasseter. Teacher Education students and members of the Chipola Future Educator’s Club, moderated by Dr. Cherry Ward, met throughout the semester at the following high schools: Bethlehem, Cottondale, Graceville, Holmes County, Malone, Marianna and Vernon. High school sponsors are: David Williams-Bethlehem, Medea Callahan-Holmes County, Liz Sims-Malone, Bridget Miller-Marianna, Glenda Hartzog-Cottondale/Graceville and Lisa Taylor-Vernon.
Teacher education faculty who participated in the event include: Dr. Rose Cavin, Dr. Lou Cleveland, Dr. Santine Cuccio, Dr. Gina McAllister and Dr. Cherry Ward. Administrators Dr. Sarah Clemmons and Dr. Kitty Myers also participated.
Chipola Future Educator Club students and recent graduates are: Angie Henderson, Event Coordinator; Nathan Day, Rachel Edminson, Lori Holland, Stephanie MacIntosh, Danny Rutherford, Amanda Wiggins and Amanda Williams.
For information about Chipola’s Teacher Education program, contact Dr. Lou Cleveland at 850-718-2416 or 718-2492.