Maryville High School’s Future Teachers of America members met with other FTA chapters from the area at their annual meeting and convention held in Nashville in March. The goal was to learn about the teaching profession and elect officers. Dr. Earl H. Wiman, president of the Tennessee Education Association presented the keynote address to 150 students and advisors. Students participated in sessions that were conducted by Tennessee teachers and community leaders about topics such as professionalism, diversity, highway safety and a panel discussion on college and continued involvement in the teaching profession.
An important part of the convention was the election of the Executive Board. Candidates for the board campaigned by meeting students from other schools. From eleven candidates, five were chosen. Maryville High’s Dallas “Chip” Woods was the first freshman ever elected to the position. His election also marks the first time a Maryville High student has been elected to the position.
The 2007-2008 officers for the Maryville High’s chapter of FTA were Tori Rader and Michael Schneider, the head advisor was Deborah Lamine, Morgan Hodson was also an advisor until December when she went on maternity leave and Jackie Stryker assumed her responsibilities.
On May 9 the MHS chapter met to discuss plans for the next year and announced the 2008-2009 officers. Dallas “Chip” Woods was elected president, Caitlin Campbell was elected vice president, Shannon Rampe was elected secretary and Christen Petelka was elected historian/secretary.
The goal of FTA members is to become a teacher. They meet twice a month to hear from various speakers, including local school teachers, on various topics related to a career in teaching. For more information about FTA, contact Nicki Fields, FTA coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the Maryville High School FTA advisors at www.maryvillehighschool.org.