Participants from Grant Career Center included Samantha Gregory, Rachel Heflin, Toshia Reffit, Sarah Van Over, FEA Advisor Julie Crozier, and Public Relations Director Pam McKinney.
During the Friday evening opening session, dinner tables were decorated with birthday cards and birthday hats to help students celebrate the 75th anniversary of FEA inspiring future educators. The keynote speaker was America Ferrera, star of ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and feature films including “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.” Ms. Ferrara, a Save the Children ambassador who helped raise funds for a new elementary school in Mali, spoke about the importance of arts education and encouraged FEA members to be sources of inspiration and compassion for their students.
Saturday’s keynote speaker was Michelle Shearer, the 2011 National Teacher of the Year. Shearer shared with the students that teachers have the ability to change lives and gave students some valuable advice: “The classroom is your mirror. Everything you put into it comes back to you.” Saturday’s session included College Day Exhibits where Teacher Academy students had the opportunity to speak to university recruiters and college instructors and to network with future educators from all across the nation. Students also had the opportunity to attend a variety of breakout sessions to enhance their future classroom activities.
Sunday’s keynote speaker, National Education Association Vice-President Lily Eskelsen, remarked that she was in awe of the future that is being built by future teachers and told attendees that they would become better people because of the lessons that their students would teach to them.
Following the daily sessions, The Teacher Academy students also visited some attractions near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Students explored the Maryland Science Center and Davis Planetarium, Harborplace & The Gallery Mall, and the National Aquarium where they enjoyed a dolphin show and the 4-D Immersion Theater movie, “Australia: Wild Extremes.”
During the conference, it was announced that next year’s FEA National Conference will be held in Orlando, Fla. This is just one of the many professional development opportunities that The Teacher Academy students experience in this College Tech Prep program.
If your junior son or daughter is interested in a career as a professional educator, investigate career options and college partnerships with the Teacher Academy on our website at www.grantcareer.com or call the Career Center for more information at (513) 734-6222.