The Appalachian Educators strive to prepare for the world of lesson plans, recess and inspiring the future of the U.S. The student-run organization expects to receive high marks of its own with a new year and new adviser.
Besides preparing for teacherly duties, Appalachian Educators want to make 2019 special, instilling the motto “not just another year, not just another person” in new members and future students of their own.
“We didn’t want to treat a new member just like another person. We really wanted to get to know them,” junior middle grades education major and Appalachian Educators president Nia Robinson said. “(When) thinking outside of college and our classroom, our students aren’t just another person. They’re going to be people with lives and who have aspirations.”
Robinson said although the club is meant for people who love children and education, what’s most important is who is sitting in the desk learning.
“(Students) spend more time with you than anyone else besides their parents. I don’t take that lightly,” Robinson said. “We just keep that in mind when thinking about different opportunities and what we want our club to be like.”
As an Appalachian Educator, App State students have the opportunity to attend professional development sessions, intern at after-school programs and participate in outreach.
“Whenever you go to apply for a job, they want to see your professional development portfolio, so the fact that we have these requirements are super helpful and that our students are able to get a head start,” Robinson said. “It helps you become a better teacher.”
The Appalachian Educators don’t require members to be education majors, but they do require a passion for learning, service and connecting with kids.
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