Nearly 300 local junior high and high school students interested in
becoming teachers will be on the Lamar University campus for A Celebration
of Teaching April 7. The event’s theme is “Build a Better Tomorrow
– Become a Teacher.”

The event will begin at 9 a.m. in the John Gray Center Auditorium with
a welcome session, introducing Lamar faculty and providing students
with admissions and scholarship information about the university.
  Students will enjoy the remainder of the morning in breakout sessions as
participants in workshops, titled “Teaching with Heart,” “Who Wants to
Be a Teacher?” and “Teacher Toolkit,” presented by Lamar

After the breakout sessions, students will attend a catered luncheon at
the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary & John
Gray Library.  During lunch, Jackie Simien, former KFDM news anchor
and current public affairs coordinator for IEA-Inspire, Encourage,
Achieve/Ben’s Kids, will speak about the importance of education and how it
has positively affected her life.  A Celebration of Teaching will come
to a close as students have the opportunity to participate in a panel
discussion with Lamar faculty and students.

The following schools are participating in A Celebration of Teaching:
Bridge City High School, Hamshire-Fannett High School, Hardin-Jefferson
High School, Kirbyville High School, Lumberton High School, Clifton J.
Ozen Magnet High School, Spurger High School, Vidor High School, West
Orange-Stark High School
, Odom Academy Middle School, Vincent Middle
School and C.O. Wilson Middle School.

This event is sponsored by an ExxonMobil grant and is being hosted by
the College of Education and Human Development.