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Lamar hosts “A Celebration of Teaching,” May 24th

Nearly 150 local high school students interested in becoming teachers will be on the Lamar University campus May 24 for “A Celebration of Teaching.” This event is sponsored by an ExxonMobil grant and is being hosted by the College of Education and Human Development.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. in the Dr. Richard L. Price Auditorium at the John Gray Center with a welcome session. Event hosts will introduce Lamar University faculty presenters as well as staff members who will provide students with admissions and scholarship information. Students will have the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions with College of Education faculty discussing certification options, various career options in education and the potential rewards of a teaching career.

After the breakout sessions, students will attend a catered luncheon where Maestro Chelsea Tipton II, director of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, will speak about the importance of the arts in education.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage junior high and high school students to consider teaching as a career choice”, said Hollis Lowery-Moore, dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “Lamar University educators and students share experiences and strategies and show participants the importance and impact of a teaching career. Encouraging and preparing our future teaching force is one of the most important investments in time and money our area business and education leaders can make. This annual event is a great example of a collaborative effort to invest in the future.”

The following schools are participating: Central High School (Beaumont), Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School, Lumberton High School, Memorial High School (Port Arthur), Silsbee High School, Ozen High School (Beaumont) and West Brook High School (Beaumont). For more information about “A Celebration of Teaching,” contact Sandra Richardson at 880-7946 or Betty Duncan at 880-8903.