WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Chariho will be Rhode Island’s first district to establish a chapter of the Future Educators Association (FEA), an international student organization dedicated to supporting young people interested in education-related careers.
“Founded in 1937, FEA has helped thousands of students develop the skills and strong leadership traits that are found in high-quality educators over the past 75 years,” according to its website,www.futureeducators.org.
Chariho High School English teacher Dana Hall will be the chapter’s faculty liaison. She submitted a request for $125 to cover the cost of applying for membership, which was approved by the Chariho School Committee on Nov. 12.
In a letter to the school committee requesting approval of the chapter, Hall wrote that the purpose of the FEA is to expose students to various careers in education.
“By elevating the image of teaching through meaningful work,” she wrote, “FEA will attract dynamic and diverse students who will become tomorrow’s great educators.”
“We are establishing a group of kids who are really interested in being educators and connecting them with the right people within our district, within our community,” Hall said. “We have a lot kids who want to go into elementary education, or senior education, or become corporate instructors.”
Hall said that the high school has a well-established peer-to-peer tutor program but FEA will include a broader range of educational experiences.
“We wanted to do something different from the peer tutor program so that any student who is interested in being an educator can explore the field now and practice,” she said.
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