Nationally touted educator encourages future teachers

Former Disney Teacher of the Year Ron Clark‚ whose energy‚ passion and dedication to education have touched many students‚ shared some of his famous teaching principles at the 4th Annual Future Educators’ On−Campus Retreat March 13.

Georgia (Mar 13, 2006) — Former Disney Teacher of the Year Ron Clark‚ whose energy‚ passion and dedication to education have touched many students‚ shared some of his famous teaching principles at the 4th Annual Future Educators’ On−Campus Retreat March 13.

Speaking to more than 400 high school students from 12 area school systems‚ Clark told the group in his keynote address that teaching is all about “passion.”
During his time in two of the most challenging classrooms a teacher could face‚ one in North Carolina and one in New York City‚ Clark was able to help students discard labels such as “low achievers” and ascend to higher test scores than comparable “gifted” classes.

“Kids want a teacher who really cares about them‚” Clark said. “You have to get in their faces and say‚ ‘Let me show you what I see in you.’”

It’s obvious that this type of attention is garnering amazing results. During a video presentation at the retreat‚ several children spoke about how Clark has touched their lives.

“He learns from us‚ and we learn from him‚” one student said.

“He’s the only one that believed in me‚” another child said‚ tearfully.

While teaching in Harlem‚ Clark encouraged 12 students to apply to an elite high school‚ hoping that at least one of them would be accepted. But to his astonishment‚ all 12 students were accepted‚ and several went on to graduate with honors.

In addition to being energized by Clark’s presentation‚ the future educators participated in sessions on exploring teaching as a career‚ how to meet the needs of diverse learners and how to integrate ethics into teaching. They also toured the campus and visited student housing at University Village.

“There is a continuing shortage of K−12 teachers‚ especially those with diverse backgrounds‚” Ann Marie Fenton‚ associate director of the Center for Services‚ Outreach and Partnerships‚ said. “This was a hands−on opportunity to learn what‚ where and how to pursuing a career in teaching.”

KSU is known as one of the top producers of teachers in the state with more than 700 graduate and 2‚800 undergraduate education majors. Students who complete an education degree at KSU boast a 96.7 passing rate on the PRAXIS exam‚ which all state teachers must take to earn a license.





A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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