Educators of the Future

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Harborfields High School students interested in pursuing a career in education have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience through the Future Educators Club. Each student involved is placed in a classroom at the elementary school level. Once a week, students visit their assigned classroom teachers and assist with lessons, as well as working with the younger students one-on-one. High school students can be found confidently leading younger students in concepts like elapsed time, parts of speech, and more, throughout the district on a weekly basis.

At the club’s monthly meeting, members come together to discuss teaching strategies and share classroom experiences.

Senior Brooke Semmelmeier, the club’s president, has been a Future Educator since she was a sophomore and has known she wanted to be a teacher since she was a child. Not only has this experience given her a chance to experience teaching first-hand, but it also better prepares her for the future.

“When you’re a student, you don’t realize how much a really teacher does,” said Brooke. “They juggle so many different things—like being aware of the paces of each individual student or working to explain things differently to fit different needs. I have such a deep appreciation for all the teachers who taught me with such care and attention, and it makes me want to do the same for my future students.”