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Programs for P-12 Students

Future Teacher Conference Draws 84 High Schoolers to the Watson College

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Eighty-four students from five high schools in southeastern North Carolina participated in the Future Teacher Conference held at the Watson College on March 6.

The full-day conference featured workshops on teaching at the early childhood, elementary, middle grades and secondary levels. A workshop session focusing on special education was also offered. The workshops were led by student members of the Watson Student Leader Honorary Program.

Trey Robinson '11, who is now a teacher in the greater Washington D.C. area, spoke at the event and shared his experiences as an undergraduate at UNCW. Robinson, who holds a dual degree in art and elementary education, said the university has great professors who really care about the students, excellent resources and offers many field experiences to help students gain confidence in the classroom.

"The community feel that exists at UNCW is not everywhere, so embrace that," he advised the prospective future UNCW students.

Watson Student Leaders Micaela Moran, Annie Russo and Tara Metcalfe also shared their experiences with the high school students. Moran is a junior majoring in physical education with a minor in community health, Russo is a sophomore enrolled in the special education program with a minor in applied behavioral analysis, and Metcalfe is a senior enrolled in the undergraduate secondary education program with a concentration in math.

High school students toured the campus, learned about the college admissions process and enjoyed a complimentary lunch during the conference, coordinated by Amy Rottmann, WCE's director of Student Recruitment and Engagement.