Educators Rising

            Educators Rising is a new national CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization)

that directly supports the Teaching as a Profession Pathway. Students interested in the

education profession have the opportunity to participate in teaching activities and learn about

education related careers. Educators Rising is a community-based movement that provides

Grow Your Own educators through the Educators Rising Curriculum and supporting student

activities. With a presence in all 50 states, chapters are provided classroom resources along

with the opportunity to attend the State and National Conferences where members, teacher

leaders, and educators from around our state and nation come together to showcase the skills

they have gained in their education and training programs.

Educators Rising is represented in all 50 states and has been only represented in the

northern part of Utah until now. Students from North Sevier High School started a chapter this

year, and officers included Kason Merchant (President), Kamryn Larsen (VP) and Jacob Shelley

as Social Media manager. The students had the opportunity to observe teachers at work in the

elementary and middle school settings and participated in a National Read for the Record Day at the elementary. They also helped students from the elementary decorate cookies as a reward

for monthly reading.

            Members of the group took the opportunity to compete at ther State Leadership Conference and competition and were the smallest school represented and the only school south of Provo, Ut. Even though they were the smallest school, they were represented with 5 students competing with 7 projects. Gracee Johnson (Senior), Kamryn Larsen (Senior), Kason Merchant (Junior), and Skylar Spainhower (Senior) competed in Lesson Planning STEM, Shealyn McDonald (Senior), Kason Merchant (Junior) and Neiko Bullard (Junior) competed in competed in Children’s Literature and Jacob Shelley (Sophomore) competed in Creative Lecture.

            Student events are competitive and build skills related to building our future educators.

The members work together to compete at the state and national level and are recognized for

proficiency and achievement. Kason Merchant took 1st overall in the state for Lesson Planning

STEM and Jacob Shelley took 3rd overall in the state Creative Lecture. These two students

qualified to represent Utah in Washington DC at the Educators Rising National Leadership

Conference in June.

            Educators Rising has 5 State Officers that choose a theme and plan the activities and

conferences for the coming year for the chapters throughout the state. The officers will

represent the CTSO at events throughout the state as they work to build the Educators Rising

program and bring it to all areas of the state. Kason Merchant will be the Superintendent for the

state and Jake Shelley will be over Membership and Recruiting and will work with 3 other

officers to accomplish their goals.

            “North Sevier High School’s Educators Rising group is excited to be off to a great start

and hopes to continue to build relationships, strengthen leadership skills and prepare to become

our future leaders and educators. We hope to make more memories in the coming year and

want to encourage and welcome the new members coming in to bring new ideas and enjoy their

experience in Educators Rising,” said Coylene Brinkerhoff, advisor.

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