Students from Perry Teacher Academy Exhibit Strong Showing at Statewide Conference

(Massillon, Ohio) –  More than 20 Perry High School students participate in a statewide conference.

Twenty-six students in Perry High School’s (PHS) Teacher Academy recently competed at the “Embrace Your Super Power” Educators Rising Ohio State Conference on Feb. 28 and March 1 at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, and earned a number of impressive accolades. More than 800 students participated in the state competition from 47 different schools across Ohio.
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 the Perry Teacher Academy exhibited a strong showing at the competition, winning or placing in the following categories:
  • First Place Winners: Maria Birone in Career Tech Lesson Planning; Mia Demetria in creative lecture.
  • Top Five Winners: Kelsie Madden from Canton South High School in Humanities Lesson Planning; Rachel Mohr, Sarah Ritchey and Anna Hopple in Ethical Dilemma; and Hannah Marino in Job Interview
  • Top 10 Winners: Zachary White in Educators Rising Moment; Hannah Jones in Exploring Support Services; and Nick Wyant from Canton South High School in Stern Lesson Planning.
Additionally, Perry Teacher Academy student and Educators Rising National Student  Ambassador Arielle Fellenstein-Burns was a conference presenter. Along with the other national ambassadors, Fellenstein-Burns presented a workshop about social-emotional learning.
Currently, Perry’s Teacher Academy 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. “Opportunities like Educators Rising give students authentic examples to learn from other students, guest speakers, teacher leaders, workshops and project-based competitions. I’d like to thank the Perry Local Schools’ Board of Education for their support of the program.”
Educators Rising Ohio currently serves more than 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.
“Educators Rising is a wonderful opportunity for young people interested in exploring teaching, in either secondary or postsecondary settings,” said Superintendent Scott Beatty. “We are very proud of the Teacher Academy students for their hard work and dedication to expanding their skills.”
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