LA PLATA, Md. (November 11, 2011)—More than 220 Charles County Public Schools students were recognized for their participation in the Future Educators Association (FEA) during an induction ceremony held Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Maurice J. McDonough High School.
Each Charles County public high school and seven middle schools have an FEA chapter for students in grades 6 to 12 who are interested in becoming educators. Student members are asked to pledge to serve as role models for their participation in FEA by promoting a positive attitude toward education to enhance the quality of educational programs.
Judy Estep, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, welcomed student members to the ceremony and Cassie Hall, a senior at La Plata School and FEA chapter member, spoke about the purpose and focus of the organization. Two students Dillon Marshall, a seventh grader at Mattawoman Middle School, and Lauren Kogok, a senior at North Point High School and school FEA president were also invited to participate to share an FEA moment with attendees, in which they discussed how the organization has impacted them.
Mark Howell, Charles Countys 2010 Teacher of the Year, served as the master of the ceremony and spoke to students about his educational experiences and congratulated the students on their FEA induction. Stephanie Harris-Walent, Charles Countys 2011 Teacher of the Year, ended the ceremony by delivering closing remarks.
North Point High School has the largest participation in FEA with 35 student members. La Plata High School has the second largest FEA chapter, with 34 student members, followed by Thomas Stone High School, with 20 student members.
Student chapters will participate in the fourth annual Charles County Public Schools local FEA conference on Friday, Dec. 9, at the College of Southern Marylands La Plata campus.
The FEA aims to motivate middle and high school students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in education while studying teaching, working to improve the image of teaching, boosting faculty morale and linking students, parents and the community.
Source: Charles County Public Schools