La Plata High School senior Cameron Butler wants to be a teacher, but not just any teacher. He wants to be the teacher of the class all students want to take and look forward to attending each day.
Butler wants to be a teacher like his father, Christopher Butler, a veteran social studies teacher at La Plata High School, who makes a difference in the lives of his students. “Current and former students always come up to me and tell me how much they loved Mr. Butler’s class. This made me realize how much of an impact a teacher can have on a student,” he said.
Preparing for a teaching career is why Butler belongs to Educators Rising, and he shared his passion for teaching kids as a speaker at the 2015 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Educators Rising Installation and Induction ceremony held Oct. 28 at La Plata. A former swimming teacher, Butler said, “There is no greater reward than seeing the smiling face of a child after they proudly display a new skill or hearing the long ‘ooooohhhh’ as they figure out something new.”
Educators Rising gives CCPS students a jump on their teaching careers. There are approximately 130 students from 13 CCPS middle and high schools participating in Educators Rising, formerly known as Future Educators of America. The mission of Educators Rising is to develop highly skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers. It is one of the tools CCPS uses to develop a future cadre of teachers.
Sarah Desrosiers, the CCPS 2015 Teacher of the Year, told the aspiring teachers that teaching is not an easy road, but one with great rewards. “All of you have that fire and you must keep it with you until the day you retire,” Desrosiers said. She reminded the students, that as teachers, they might be guiding the future rocket scientists or residents of Mars.
Following a roll call of chapters, Amy Hollstein, assistant superintendent of instruction, told the Educators Rising students to give her a call when they are ready to graduate from a college teaching program. “I’m going to give you a job in Charles County Public Schools if you are serious and want to make a difference. We want you to come back home,” Hollstein said.
The following middle school officers were installed:
Milton M. Somers Middle School: Blaire Harley, president; Madeline Malone, vice president; Katherine Akins, secretary; Hannah Raybon, treasurer; and Madisyn Dull, historian.
Mattawoman Middle School: Joylisa Jackson, president; Aliah Brown, vice president; Madysan Chisholm, secretary; Cassandra Vaccaro, historian; Madison Baker, historian; and Janiya Greenfield, parliamentarian.
Piccowaxen Middle School: Ahryel McManhan, president; Jalin Hill, vice president; Cameron Taylor, treasurer; and Tamia Knott, secretary.
John Hanson Middle School: Kieran Roth, president.
General Smallwood and Theodore G. Davis Middle Schools also have Educators Rising chapters, but do not have officers.
The following high school officers were installed:
Henry E. Lackey High School: Morgan Nalley, president; Zakah Robinson, vice president and secretary; Emily Boswell, treasurer; and Brittany Bell, historian.
La Plata High School: Amanda Klopfer, president; Jaliyah Dickerson, vice president; Layci Earnshaw, secretary; Kayla Staley, treasurer; and Sidney Saunders, historian-student liaison.
North Point High School: Angela Schroeck, president; Celeste Kagarise, vice president, Anna Radtke, secretary; Shelby Green, treasurer; and Allison Swegle, historian.
Maurice J. McDonough High School: Tiana Dukes, president; Jessica Beamer, vice president; Xianté Spencer, secretary; Monae Bell, secretary; and Quiana Willett, historian.
Westlake and St. Charles High School also have active chapters, but did not install officers at the ceremony.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.