North Central Missouri College recently hosted Teacher Education Day at the Main Campus in Trenton, MO. During this day, NCMC invited area high school students in NCMC’s service region interested in pursuing a teaching degree to NCMC to learn about education pathways offered at NCMC, scholarships available to students, participate in a teacher panel, guest speaker, and a campus tour. Schools in attendance were King City R-1, Lathrop, Maryville, Northeast Nodaway, West Nodaway, Penney High, Princeton High, and Tina-Avalon.

Cassie Cordray, NCMC Education Faculty, said, “Spending the day with these high school students was a true honor. Our current education students helped plan and facilitate this event, and it was a great co-curricular experience for them. The goal of our day was to teach these high school students about the field of education, and I feel that we met our goal. As future educators, they learned that they will be shaping the minds of tomorrow and molding the future. They learned they must do this with passion, dedication, and innovation. I foresee more Teacher Education Days at NCMC in our future.”

During the day, participants heard about the teaching profession from Krista Meyer from the Missouri State Teachers Association. They looked at success guides for beginning teachers and salary/research books to better understand the teaching profession.

The teacher panel consisted of Sawyer McCallon from King City, MO, who is NCMC’s current Student Senate President and a teacher education student; Kylee Claridy from Chillicothe, MO, who is a current NCMC teacher education student and SMSTA President; Carli Beck from Gallatin, MO, who is a teacher education graduate of NCMC; and Lillian Pontious from Chillicothe, MO, who is also a teacher education graduate of NCMC.

Kylee Claridy said, “As SMSTA president, I enjoyed seeing all of the future teachers. These students asked amazing questions and I feel like this day either definitely solidified their decision to become a teacher or it made them realize that maybe they need to look into other professions. I loved hearing about where these students came from and why they want to be teachers.”

To learn more about the NCMC Teacher Education program, visit www.ncmissouri.edu/ or contact NCMC Education Faculty Cassie Corday or Admissions at 660-359-3948.

Photo: Participants of Teacher Education Day

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