High School Students ExpLORE Teaching Careers On Campus This Week

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: June 24, 2009

More than 60 high school students are on campus this week to explore teaching as a profession. The camp, appropriately named ExpLORE--Exploring Leadership Opportunities and Rewards in Education--introduces teacher education programs, leadership opportunities, career opportunities and courses of study to enrich students' knowledge of the teaching profession.

"ExpLORE is a wonderful educational experience for students interested in teaching in culturally diverse environments," said David Byrd, director of recruitment for the College of Education and Human Development. "There is a critical shortage of teachers, not only in Texas, but across the nation as well. By opening students' eyes to opportunities in education, they learn that teaching is more than just teaching-it's the profession that creates all others."

Each summer, students reside on campus and participate in activities that allow them to experience first hand teaching as a career, including lesson planning sessions, opportunities to present at local elementary schools, team building activities and college planning workshops.

Faculty and staff in the College of Education and Human Development host the four-day camp and Aggie teachers and administrators share with the students the rewards and opportunities available in the field of education.

ExpLORE is designed specifically for students who have just finished their junior year of high school and are interested in a career in the classroom. For more information on ExpLORE, contact David Byrd at byrd99@tamu.edu