Huntingdon News

January 11, 2013
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Huntingdon College
News Release

Huntingdon offers seminar for prospective teachers

Montgomery, Ala.—The Huntingdon College Teacher Education program and Huntingdon's student chapter of the Association of School Curriculum and Development will host Yes! You Can Teach!, a seminar for high school students who plan to become educators and for current educators who want to encourage students to enter the teaching profession, Tuesday, January 15, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on the College campus.  More than 230 high school students and educators from across the state are expected to attend the event, which is hosted in partnership with the State Department of Education and Alabama Association of School Curriculum and Development.  Dr. Tommy Bice, Alabama State Superintendent of Schools, will speak during the opening general session beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2012 Alabama Teacher of the Year Suzanne Culbreth will speak during the closing general session at 1:30 p.m.  Both events will be held in Ligon Chapel, Flowers Hall.

High school educators were asked to identify students who were interested in entering the teaching profession for this special seminar.  "We wanted to offer this seminar for prospective teachers because we believe completely that teachers change lives," said Dr. Celia Smith Rudolph, who heads the Huntingdon Teacher Education program and serves on the executive board for the Alabama ASCD.  "The more we can do to encourage students to follow their calling into this profession, the more lives we can change in the future.  We were thrilled with the State Department of Education's willingness to partner with us, as well as with the fabulous support that our student chapter received from our sponsoring state's professional ASCD chapter."  The Alabama Association of School Curriculum and Development is a professional organization affiliated with the Council for Leaders in Alabama's Schools that focuses on professional development of teacher-leaders and administrators who are committed to quality education in Alabama schools.  The mantra for Alabama's ASCD is "LEARN. TEACH. LEAD." 

Following the welcome session, students may choose to attend one of several presentations or panel discussions, including “What is College Life Like as an Education Major?” by a panel of college students, and “What Do Teachers Do?” by a panel of teachers currently in the classroom. 

Huntingdon's student ASCD chapter is the only collegiate chapter in the state of Alabama.  The Huntingdon Teacher Education program offers a major in Elementary/Collaborative Special Education (K–6) and supports teacher certification at the P–12 levels for Music and Physical Education majors and at the 6–12 levels for students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, and Mathematics.

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall.  Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for two years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Washington Monthly, which ranks colleges on the basis of their contributions to the public good, places Huntingdon in the top 20% of 352 baccalaureate colleges.

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