The McNeese State University
Department of Education Professions is hosting its first "Geaux Teach” event
for area high school juniors and seniors who are interested in the teaching
profession Friday, Jan. 19.
Sixty students from 10 area high
schools in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes will get a first-hand look at what it
takes to be a teacher from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Farrar Hall.
The students will tour the
facilities, rotate through sessions that will illustrate how to make teaching
hands-on and engaging in a classroom, participate in creative contests and participate
in a Q&A with McNeese faculty and students, according to event coordinator
Dr. Katie Williams, assistant professor of education in
the Burton College of Education.
This event is funded by a Pinnacle Excellence
Award received by Williams in fall 2017. These awards were established by
Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. – the parent company of L’Auberge Casino Resort
Lake Charles - to recognize
outstanding faculty achievement in each of McNeese’s six colleges. Faculty
members from the colleges present proposals and the selected recipients each
receive a $5,000 stipend to help with their project.
"I am grateful to receive the
Pinnacle Excellence Award, which helped the department fund this innovative
event that promotes education professions as a career,” she said.
The focus of her proposal - Geaux Teach - is on
recruiting 11th and 12th grade students from area high
schools in the five-parish area of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and
Jeff Davis who are considering education professions.
"With Geaux Teach, we want these
interested students to come to our campus to experience what teaching is all
about and what McNeese’s Education Professions Department has to offer,” says Williams.
Area school board members and school board personnel have been invited to the
She is excited to see the student
response to the Geaux Teach event. "We want to interact with these students who
share an interest in the teaching profession and have a passion to teach in the