APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV)
Ten graduating seniors from Appleton’s three high schools were recognized Thursday for deciding to pursue a career in education.
At the Scullen Leadership Center, the students announced where they’ll be going to college and what they’ll be studying before signing a pledge to complete an education degree.
“I’ve always loved kids and I just fell in love with the opportunity to inspire them in the future,” said Isabella Benner, Appleton West Senior.
“I just love being around kids and being able to make a difference in their lives,” said Haley Peterson, Appleton West Senior.
“My high school choir teacher and my middle school choir teacher kind of sparked that joy of music in me, and I want to carry that on to other children,” said Appleton East Senior Nathan Campshure.
The students were all part of an “Introduction to Teaching” course at Appleton West, taught by Lauren Ott.
“It is super exciting… to see them choose to go into education,” Ms. Ott said. “It’s just really exciting to see all the support from the staff members that are here with them, and they’re all gonna be incredible educators one day.”
That class gave them hands-on experience in the education field, and a sense of if the career field is right for them.
“We really talked about addressing every learner differently and how to support the full classroom for a more positive environment,” Isabella said.
“We did a lot of stuff with learning how to make lessons plans and learning how to be a teacher, not only teaching a subject, but how to be there for a student,” Haley said.
“I think the most helpful thing I’ve learned is how to write a lesson plan because that’s gonna be an extremely hard part of the job,” Nathan said.
The students will all graduate from high school next Thursday, before beginning college.
The Appleton Area School District has committed to interview all of those students for positions when they finish their college degrees.