Ron Clark holds class at Kennesaw State

More than 1‚100 public school students from 15 school systems packed Kennesaw State’s Old Gymnasium to hear one of two sessions featuring award−winning teacher Ron Clark. The critically acclaimed educator inspired‚ encouraged and warned them during his speech‚ “Teaching through Adversity‚ Facing Challenges and Making a Difference‚” at the 5th annual Future Educators’ On−Campus Retreat March 29.

Georgia (Mar 30, 2007) — More than 1‚100 public school students from 15 school systems packed Kennesaw State’s Old Gymnasium to hear one of two sessions featuring award−winning teacher Ron Clark. The critically acclaimed educator inspired‚ encouraged and warned them during his speech‚ “Teaching through Adversity‚ Facing Challenges and Making a Difference‚” at the 5th annual Future Educators’ On−Campus Retreat March 29.

“I didn’t plan to teach at all‚” Clark said. “But now I love it! Teaching is powerful – it’s the best job in the world.”

Clark stressed to the middle‚ high school and university education students that it takes passion and thinking out of the box to teach young learners.

“If you plan to teach like it’s always been done – don’t do it‚” he stated. “Make it exciting and relevant … set them on fire.”

Clark‚ who has been called “America’s Educator‚” won critical acclaim for his unique and energetic teaching style that has helped mostly disadvantaged students become outstanding learners in areas like Harlem‚ N.Y.‚ and rural North Carolina. He won the Disney Teacher of the Year Award‚ authored several books‚ including “The Essential 55: An Award−Winning Educator’s Rules for Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child‚” and will soon open the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta this fall.

The event was sponsored by the College of Education’s Center for Service‚ Outreach and Partnerships and the student chapter of the Georgia Association of Educators.

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