By: Samantha Conners, Contributing Writer
Students from across the state met in Columbia, Missouri, at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on November 7, 2018, for the Future Teachers of America (FTA) state leadership meeting. The theme for the meeting was “Teachers Inspire.”
Scott Smith, MSTA staff attorney, presented a keynote for the students entitled “How to be Smart about Social Media.” The Cadet Teacher of the Year scholarship was awarded to McKenna Arthurs, a student from Weaubleau School District.
The FTA members from Centralia enjoyed the career fair that is a part of the event. “FTA is an excellent way for high school students to explore careers in education,” said Krista Meyer, MSTA Director of Student Groups. “If anyone needs optimism about the future of teaching, watching the kids at the FTA meeting would provide it.”
The Missouri State Teachers Association is the leading education association in the state celebrating 162 years of service to Missouri educators and with over 46,000 members. MSTA headquarters is in Columbia, Missouri.
The CHS FTA officers traveled to this event. The officers are President Lily Biggs, Vice President Samantha Conners, Secretary Rebecca Hudson and Treasurer Chole Ware. At this event, each of the officers had an opportunity to sign a letter of intent that showed their desire to pursue the field of education during college.
Centralia High School’s FTA president Lily Biggs participated in the college fair that was at the meeting. She said, “This fair was a great way for students to explore the many options they have for furthering their education to become a teacher. All the represented colleges and universities brought valuable information for the students to consider when deciding the future of their education.”
According to Biggs, she learned a lot of new information about the requirements she would need to fulfill to receive a teaching degree. She also learned about the many programs colleges have to offer for an education major. Lastly, she learned about what experiences she will want to have to determine if being an educator is right for her.