Local Students and Teachers Attend NJ Future Educators Association Conference

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP-- Area students and teachers attended the 2015 New Jersey Future Educators Association Conference at Stockton University.
Executive Director Larry Fieber, said "teaching is not a job, it's a calling," to 175 high school students from 15 area high schools.
Dr. Meg White, who along with Dr. Lois Spitzer, co-coordinated the event said, "bringing this program to Stockton allows us to build collaborative relationships with local high school teachers, as well as offer an opportunity for students interested in a career in teaching to network with each other."
Howard Johnson, a student from Bridgeton High School, was unsure what his major in college was going to be.  But after listening to Jeanne DelColle, he wanted to be a Social Studies teacher himself. DelColle, instructional development and strategic partnerships specialist at Stockton University and also the 2012 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, presented a session “Putting the ‘Social’ Back in Social Studies: Getting Out of the Textbook and Keeping it Real.”
Other presenters included Dr. Norma Boakes, associate professor of Education, who uses origami as a teaching tool to make math hands-on and fun. In her workshop, students began folding sailboat models under her direction.
Southern Regional High School freshman Victoria Sheeran already wants to be an elementary school teacher.
Other workshops included: “How to Flip the Classroom,” “A Walk in the PARCC: Teaching in an Era of New Standards and High-Stakes Testing,” “Today’s Millennials,” and “Making a Difference in the Lives of Students with Disabilities.”
Local high schools were Atlantic City High School, Middle Township High School, Bridgeton High School, Pennsville High School, Washington Township High School, and Woodbury High School.