Scholars Inspire High School Students at Urban Teacher Academy

Holmes Scholars Carlos Richardson, Benita Kluttz-Drye, Dana Dunwoody, Natoya Coleman, Evandra Catherine, and Hope Barnes join members of the Rowan Urban Teacher Academy, along with Rowan University Dean Monika Shealey (in green).

Several AACTE Holmes Scholars took time out from their intense schedule during the AACTE Holmes Dissertation Retreat and Research Symposium, July 26-28 at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, to speak with students from the Rowan Urban Teacher Academy.

The academy serves students in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade who are interested in learning more about becoming teachers. The purpose of the 10-day program is to create a pipeline into the education profession for high school students from urban areas, hoping that students exposed to the field of education will consider returning to teach in urban schools. As part of the academy’s training and exposure, students tour the campus of the university.

This year, a panel of AACTE Holmes Scholars shared insights about the Holmes Program as well as general information about becoming educators, things to consider when entering college, how to create inclusive classroom environments, the importance of social justice and advocacy, and the importance of engaging with parents and the community. These interactions were well received by academy students, who said they learned so much from the time they spent with the Scholars.

“I am excited that we were able to speak with the students about our experiences,” said Virginia Commonwealth University Holmes Scholar Evandra Catherine.

(l-r) Dana Dunwoody (Boston University), AACTE Holmes Council President; Natoya Coleman (Rowan University), AACTE Holmes Scholar; Carlos Richardson (Bowie State University), AACTE Holmes Council Vice President; and Evandra Catherine (Virginia Commonwealth University), AACTE Holmes Scholar.

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Benita Kluttz-Drye

Rowan University