Athens States Hosts 4th Annual “We Teach” Conference
Athens State University’s College of Education hosted the 4th Annual “We TEACH” Conference on December 6. The Adventure Awaits themed event hosted over 200 local students interested in becoming professional educators.
Cortney Cooper Slaughter, 2017 Alabama National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year, delivered the keynote address at this year’s conference. She challenged those in attendance to think about the reasons why they want to become an educator, discover what their passions are, and figure out what they think their life’s purpose is. She used her own life’s story as an example that no matter what challenges one may face in life, staying true to one’s own story can make a difference in the lives of others. Mrs. Slaughter also stressed the importance of building strong relationships with students and taking time to invest in their lives.
The conference, introduced by College of Education Dean, Dr. Patricia Sims, gave students the opportunity to tour Athens State’s campus and participate in their choice of “Find Your Adventure” breakout sessions designed to give students a real-world look at what it means to be an education professional. Sessions were facilitated by local P-12 educators and Athens State faculty. Additional featured speakers at the event included Richard Reynolds, Huntsville Achievement School Director, and Vic Wilson, Executive Director of the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools.
In addition, Outstanding Athens State University College of Education alumni were recognized for their dedication to students and presented a plaque. Honorees included Amanda Elgin (Class of 2015), Alex Lann (Class of 2014), Michelle L. Rushing (Class of 2014), Amy Thaxton (Class of 2004), Beth Horn (Class of 2002), and Dr. Lisa Brizendine (Class of 1997).
The 5th Annual We TEACH Conference is slated for December 2018.