Huntingdon offers seminar for prospective teachers
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.
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.