West Virginia’s future educators took home national top 10 honors in the impromptu speaking and ethical dilemma categories at the national Educators Rising conference and competition. Nearly 40 students from West Virginia’s Educators Rising chapter made the trip to Dallas to compete in the competition.
Channing Carr, a recent graduate of Monroe County Technical Center and James Monroe High School took home national top 10 honors in the impromptu speaking competition. Carr also served as Educators Rising West Virginia’s state president. Carr said it has been a privilege to represent the state and all future educators. “The past year, helping to plan the state spring conference and preparing for my competitions, have really helped me further learn how effective leaders have to create a vision for success and the future and then how to get others to buy-in and work collectively and collaboratively toward your vision,” said Carr.
Caitlyn Cormack from Academy of Careers and Technology in Raleigh County took national top ten honors in the pre-k children’s literature category. Cormack says it was an honor to represent West Virginia on the national stage. “West Virginia has wonderful teachers at all levels and it was such an honor to continue the tradition of great teaching and teacher education in the state at the national competition,” said Cormack.
Emily Lewis and Chloe Willis from Fayette Institute of Technology in Oak Hill took national top 10 honors in the ethical dilemma category. This year’s ethical dilemma scenario involved working with a special education student and parent to improve behavior. Teacher Leader Tama Sweet said this is a competition that students have been preparing for since winter. “I typically try to weave not only the competition ethical dilemma scenario into our classwork, but I also deliberately spend a lot of time talking and working with students through real-life ethical dilemmas that they will face when they enter the classroom as a teacher. This helps students to better think critically about and analyze how they would act and react when faced with similar scenarios for real,” said Sweet.
In addition to competitions, students also participated in workshops dealing with subjects ranging from successfully completing the Praxis exams, working with children dealing with mental, physical, emotional abuse and other trauma, and more. Students also had the opportunity to network with future educators from around the country. In addition to Monroe County Technical Center and Fayette Institute of Technology, students from Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Preston High School, Webster County High School, Academy of Careers & Technology, Roane Jackson Technical Center, Tug Valley High School, and Ritchie County High School also attended.