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Become a Tiger, Become a Teacher Day Brings High School Students to Campus

On October 22, 2021, the College of Education hosted its second annual Become a Tiger, Become a Teacher Day on the UofM campus. Over 70 high school students were invited to visit campus and learn about the educational experience they will receive in the COE, what it means to be a teacher and life as a UofM Tiger. Groups of students from Brighton High School, Munford High School and White Station High School as well as individuals from high schools across the Memphis-area were able to interact with COE faculty, staff and current students to help prepare them for careers in teaching. The event opened with remarks by Dean Kandi Hill-Clarke and other COE administrators and included informational session hosted by various UofM offices, including Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Life. Visiting students participated in mini class sessions facilitated by COE faculty in areas such as instructional design and technology, special education and elementary education. Additionally, a student panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Alfred Hall, Assistant Dean of Student Success focused on “What’s Your Why?”  Student panelists included Camryn Luckey (Current Pre-Residency Candidate), Brea Hinds (River City Partnership Teacher Scholar) and Sara Abdelfattah (Residency II Candidate). Current COE student volunteers assisted with the event and were able to share their experiences. Current freshman and River City Partnership (RCP) Teacher Scholar Vanessa Cortez said of the event, " I always wanted to know what was it like to be part of a group that was working towards the same goal as me. To be the one to show this experience to others has been amazing." Fellow-freshman and RCP Teacher Scholar, Kayla Conner added “RCP has been of the best things about college. I love being able to share with everyone what it's like to be a part of this family."

Keith Hembree, COE Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, said of the event: “Become A Tiger, Become A Teacher Day provides a real hands-on experience for prospective Education Students that allows them to see what we truly offer in the College of Education at the UofM and interact with our award-winning faculty.”

More than 60 high school students and families attended the College of Education's Become a Tiger a Teacher Day held in Jackson, TN at the UofM Lambuth campus.  Student panelists Christopher Sorrell, Leanna Greene, Natalie Pleasant and Anna Pope offered their motivation for teaching and unique perspectives as COE students and alumni. Dr. Niles Reddick, Dean of UofM Lambuth said of the event, “Our first Become a Tiger, Become a Teacher Day was a resounding success. We were thrilled to have prospective students from as far away as Paris, Tennessee come learn about this invaluable profession which impacts every individual in a positive way.  We are excited about making Become a Tiger, Become a Teacher Day an annual event at the UofM Lambuth.”