Perry Teacher Academy Students Exhibit Strong Showing at Statewide Conference

Students in Perry High School’s (PHS) Teacher Academy recently competed at the Educators Rising Ohio State Conference on March 15 and 16 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus and earned a number of impressive accolades.

Over 800 students participated in the state competition with 30-40 competitors in each event—the highest number of participants in the conference’s history. 

The competition incorporates numerous performance-based competitive events in which teenage, aspiring teachers demonstrate their knowledge, skills and leadership in education. With a blend of individual and team events, competitions are authentic, engaging opportunities for rising educators to stretch their creativity, commitment and professionalism.

Students from Perry Teacher Academy exhibited a strong showing at the competition, winning or placing in the following categories:

  • First Place Winners: Sarah Kiser in Impromptu Teaching; Ariel Fellenstein Burns in Lesson Planning/Humanities; Rachel Mohr, Anna Hopple, Jordan Vinson and Israel Morrales in Ethical Dilemma
  • Top Five Winners: Sarah Ritchey in Educators Rising Moment; Blake Browning in Impromptu Speaking; Emily Rupert in Job Applications/Interview; Maria Birone in Lesson Planning/CTE
  • Top 10 Winners: Kamryn Sparks in Creative Lecture; Brianne Yarbrough, David Wertz and Olivia Heestand in Researching Learning Challenges

Additionally, Perry Teacher Academy students Josiah Bracken, Blake Browning and Hannah Marino were conference presenters, and Halle Wright and Hayli Howard were selected as Educators Rising Ohio Ambassadors.

There are 31 junior and senior students in the Perry Teacher Academy and career-tech program. Currently, the program offers students 12 College Credit Plus hours, CPR training, Paraprofessional certification, Educators Rising club membership, 30 volunteer hours, 25 observation hours and four internships in classrooms of the student’s choice.

“Congratulations to all of the competitors at the state conference this year,” said Julie Wells, Perry Teacher Academy instructor. “We learned so much from the experience and truly value having this type of opportunity to grow as future and current educators.”

Educators Rising Ohio currently serves over 1,000 students across the state and is a state affiliate of the national Educators Rising organization. Educators Rising is the only federally-recognized Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) focused on the field of education and has over 14,000 members and counting. Furthermore, as the co-curricular component of state-recognized Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study, Educators Rising Ohio enhances the classroom experience for students.

“I am extremely proud of all my students preparing and competing at all of the Educators Rising Ohio competitions this year,” said Wells. “The students were so supportive of each other and lifted each other up during the two-day state conference. The results show hard work, positive attitudes and a passion to succeed.”

Wells would also like to thank the many PHS teachers who helped the students prepare their competition projects.

Furthermore, the Perry Teacher Academy, along with the Educators Rising clubs from Hoover High School and GlenOak High School, recently collected over 2,500 books for the Early Childhood Resource Center in Canton. The books will soon be shared with young children and their families to support literacy efforts.

“Educators Rising is a wonderful opportunity for young people interested in exploring teaching, in either secondary or postsecondary settings,” said Superintendent Scott Beatty. “Congratulations to all of the students who competed at the state conference. We are very proud of them for their hard work and dedication to expanding their skills.”

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