Train the next generation of teachers
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — At Greendale High School, the next generation of teachers are already preparing lesson plans. It’s part of Educators Rising, a national organization that gives students the chance to see what it’s really like on the other side of the desk.
“It both gives them the opportunity to hear teachers talk about what it is, why they teach, and it also gives them experiences,” said Courtney Ehlert, science teacher and faculty advisor for Educators Rising. . “We work a lot with elementary schools and middle schools. Students can either observe in a classroom or teach a miniature lesson.
Greendale’s Educators Rising chapter began in 2018 and a one-time offer guarantees alumni the opportunity to have an interview with the district once they are certified to teach. It’s called a “Pledge to Prosper”, and Keira Brimmer is eagerly awaiting her turn.
“I am extremely thrilled to not only receive the Prosperity Pledge and attend the ceremony, but to actually teach,” said Keira Brimmer, junior at Greendale and president of the Educators Rising chapter. “I would love to come back, and the idea of an interview here is exciting.”
Brimmer has been involved with Educators Rising since she started high school, and she says she already knows she wants to teach middle schoolers either French or health.
“I can try teaching without having to go to college first,” Brimmer says. “It’s a low-risk environment to try the things I imagined I wanted to do. It already makes me more skilled.
Andrew Gabriel also joined Educators Rising as a rookie. Now a junior, Gabriel says he is considering a career as a professor of medicine, specializing in the ear, nose and throat.
“I was really sick as a child, and after very poor medical care, I wanted to make a difference in this area,” says Gabriel.
As vice-president of Educators Rising, Gabriel says the club has given him a broader view of teaching. He says meeting school officials and learning more about how the district works has been beneficial.
“I hope we can encourage them to take responsibility for being an educator,” says Ehlert. “We will always need teachers, so we want to make sure we encourage [students] who are going to do great things.
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