Montevallo High School’s Future Educators Association students held a regional conference for other high school future teacher organizations on Saturday, November 15 at the Shelby County Instructional Services Center.
Over 30 high school students from Montevallo High, Helena High and Hoover High who are interested in education as a future career were on hand to listen, ask questions, and engage in meaningful conversations with current teachers and leaders in the educational field.
Alabama State Senator and long-time educator Priscilla Dunn presented the keynote address to the student attendees. After the keynote address, students dismissed to a series of seminar-type presentations that closely tied to their specific interests in education, whether it is elementary, secondary, post-secondary, or career-tech education. Additionally, presentations about coaching, administration, and teacher-leadership were offered to the participants.
Several colleges and universities from across the state of Alabama were on hand to promote and discuss their colleges of education with students. The conference concluded with a closing address from Shelby County Schools’ Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Lewis Brooks.
Montevallo High School Future Educators’ Association Adviser Dawn Cabrera, along with FEA students at MHS, planned and coordinated the first annual conference. Dr. Tammy Cook and the University of Montevallo partnered with Ms. Cabrera and her students in kicking off a great conference and providing a wonderful opportunity for high school students who may very well be our next generation of top teachers and school leaders.