‘Brave Educator for a Day’ provides lasting benefits for high school students

LaMorris Smith
LaMorris Smith

More than 60 area high school students got a chance to experience the day as pre-service educators at UNC Pembroke.

Last week, the School of Education welcomed prospective students who attended a Brave Educator for a Day event. They toured the campus, met with program coordinators, connected with UNCP students through a panel discussion and heard from Dean Loury Floyd.

Students got a chance to learn and ask questions on a range of topics, including scholarship opportunities. They also heard from Lois Williams, associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, regarding admission requirements and financial aid.  

In attendance were students, counselors, administrators and teachers from the Columbus County Schools, Cumberland County schools, Whiteville City Schools and the Public Schools of Robeson County.

LaMorris Smith, director of Teacher Recruitment at UNCP, said the event allows students to experience the challenges of teaching and the needs of students, and it also demonstrates educators’ successes.

"Research tells us that the kind of preparation teachers have had prior to entry and the support they receive is what strengthens teacher retention," Smith said.

"Statistics as such leads the efforts of the Office of Teacher Recruitment. Recruiting and retaining teachers is a must, now more than ever. Bringing awareness to individuals about the profession that will put great teachers in front of our students is one of our leading recruitment efforts."

The School of Education began holding Brave Educator for a Day last year as a virtual series.

"We received valuable feedback, and one piece that stuck out the most was students wanted to visit the campus. In meeting with Dr. Floyd, I indicated that we must continue this event and allow students to explore the life of becoming a Brave Educator fully."