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Future Educators of America Conference Promotes Education Careers

More than 400 Florida high school and college students recently attended the Florida Future Educators Conference in Orlando to learn about education as a career and to compete in competitions. The conference, emceed by Megan Allen, Florida’s 2010 Department of Education/Macy’s Teacher of the Year, offered informative and hands-on sessions led by Florida Teachers of the Year and other award winning Florida educators. Competitions included essay, speech, lesson plan, PowerPoint , public service announcement, display and spirit based on the student-selected theme of “To Teach a Child is to Change the World.”

Congratulations to the following winners:

Speech

High School
  • 1st – Felice Johnson, Miami Jackson Senior High School (Dade)
  • 2nd – Tracy Lu, Vanguard High School (Marion)
Postsecondary
  • 1st – Marlene Lucas, Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus (Dade)
  • 2nd – Karen Sherwood, Central Florida Community College (Marion)

Essay

High School
  • 1st – Marielos Villalta, Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School (Brevard)
  • 2nd – Caitlin Thompson, Bartow High School (Polk)
Postsecondary
  • 1st – Ivy Ferman, Indian River State College (St. Lucie)
  • 2nd - Teresa Andrew, Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus (Dade)

Lesson Plan

High School
  • 1st – Brianna Harris, Pinellas Park High School (Pinellas)
  • 2nd – Mackenzie Scott, Merritt Island High School (Brevard)
Postsecondary
  • 1st – Kelli Siters, Indian River State College (St. Lucie)
  • 2nd – Jessica Phillips, Florida Institute of Technology (Brevard)

Chapter Display

High School
  • 1st – Vanguard High School (Marion)
  • 2nd – St. Augustine High School (St. Johns)
Postsecondary
  • 1st – Central Florida Community College (Marion)
  • 2nd – Florida Institute of Technology (Brevard)

Chapter PowerPoint

High School
  • 1st – Lake Worth High School (Palm Beach)
  • 2nd – Vanguard High School (Marion)
Postsecondary
  • 1st – Indian River State College (St. Lucie)
  • 2nd – Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus (Dade)

Chapter Public Service Announcement

High School
  • 1st – Vanguard High School (Marion)
  • 2nd – Miami Jackson Senior High School (Dade)
Postsecondary
  • 1st – Indian River College (St. Lucie)
  • 2nd – Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus (Dade)

Chapter Spirit Competition

High School
  • 1st – Bayside High School (Brevard)
  • 2nd – Rockledge High School (Brevard)
Postsecondary
  • 1st – Brevard Public Schools (Brevard)
  • 2nd – Central Florida Community College (Marion)

In addition, new state officers were elected and the student-selected theme of “Teachers Illuminate the Future” was chosen for the 2011 state conference. The following students have been elected to statewide office:

  • President – Franteena Brooks, Vanguard High School (Marion)
  • Vice President – Madison K. Buchert, Osceola High School (Pinellas)
  • Secretary – Ashley Miller, Vanguard High School (Marion)