When a high school student expresses an interest in teaching, educators and administrators are eager to provide the education and support the student needs in order to continue on the path to become a teacher.
A well-stocked classroom is as important to a teacher as a well thought-out lesson plan.Educators say everything from technology to multiplication flashcards to song books to pre-packaged snacks like goldfish crackers are needed in a classroom.
There’s a troubling teacher shortage in Illinois. So high school students who want to become teachers are a valuable commodity. High schools, community colleges and universities are all working to interest high school students in a career in education to reduce the shortfall.
Eye On Illinois: Thank a teacher who shaped your life, but also make time for the ones shaping other lives right this minute. Thank those who take jobs in districts that don’t pay as well, or pursue specialty areas where shortages are most extreme.
La Salle-Peru High School teacher Alexandra West shares her own life experiences, from her travels to her life experiences as a woman of color, to help students connect and share their own stories to better understand multicultural literature.