FEA brings future teachers to FIU

Over 500 students from 27 high schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Lee County attended the 6th annual Future Educators of America (FEA) Regional Conference on Friday, Nov. 22 in the FIU Graham Center. The high school students learned about different career paths in education while participating in competitive events, networking, leadership and professional development opportunities.

The competitive events at the FEA Conference provide aspiring teachers opportunities to explore careers in education while demonstrating their knowledge and skills in the field.

Students compete as individuals or together as chapters. Awards are presented to the top three entries in each of the individual categories and the top two entries in each of the chapter categories. For the second year, FIU offered the FEA Gold and Blue Scholarship valued at $10,000 ($2,500 per year) to the first-place winners of the FEA individual competitions.

Leadership in Education Competition:
1st Place: Kevin Moreno – South Miami Senior High School

Writing Creative Non-Fiction Competition:
1st Place: Maria Pereira – Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School

Spotlight on Education Competition:
1st Place: Elama Ali – Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Public Speaking Competition:
1st Place: Hailey Carpenter – Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Job Interview Competition:
1st Place: Julianna Suriel – Ronald Reagan/Doral Senior High School

FIU faculty members, staff and students participated in the event as competition judges and volunteers. Dr. Elizabeth Bejar, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at FIU, delivered the keynote remarks. Dr. Dakeyan Graham, 2020 Florida Teacher of the Year, and Mr. Oliver Diez, 2020 MDCPS Teacher of the Year, were among the guest speakers.

Hosted by the FIU FEA student group, in collaboration with the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, the conference theme, “Building the Future… One Mind at a Time,” was chosen by FEA members from across the state who attended the 2019 Florida Department of Education Conference.

The conference identifies high school students who are considering a career in education and nurtures their interest. The event serves as a platform for recruiting top high school students into the education field, particularly into STEM education majors.

The full list of winners can be found here. View participating schools here.

The Future Educators Association at FIU is affiliated with Educators Rising, formerly known as Future Educators of America, a national student organization dedicated to cultivating highly skilled educators. FEA membership is free and open to all FIU students.

Claudia Page contributed to this article.

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