ESU 4 Host Future Educators Academy

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On November 15, 2022, 60 area high school students attended the ESU 4 Future Educators Academy at the ESU 4 Conference Center in Auburn to learn about multiple occupational opportunities in the field of education.  Students from 10 schools participated: Auburn, Falls City Public, Falls City Sacred Heart, HTRS, Johnson County Central, Johnson-Brock, Lewiston, Lourdes Central Catholic, Nebraska City Public, Sterling.

The day began with a welcome from ESU 4 Administrator Gregg Robke and a brief introduction to a variety of professionals serving in schools.  Each student selected four sessions during which they learned about specific positions.  Several professional from our region provided insight regarding the day-to-day expectations, benefits, challenges, preparation requirements and participant questions:

Preschool Teacher - Clarissa Ross
Elementary Teacher - Dr. Tara Gossman
Secondary Teacher - Jen Madison
Special Education Teacher - Dr. Helane Folske-Starlin
Counselor - Brittany Rogers
Principal - Scott Siegel
Superintendent - Jon Rother
School Psychologist / Behavioral Specialist - Catie Niedermeier, Sydney Looper
Occupational Therapist - Kelsey Meyer
Physical Therapist - Julie Saathoff
Speech Language Pathologist - Kendall Hallstrom, 
Health & Nurse - Felicia Martin
Administrative Assistants - Steph Floyd, Jodie McConnaughey, Kathy Taylor,
Paraeducator - Lori Broady
Technology Director - Dusti Buggi
Early Development Network / Educator - Rose Petersen
Instructional Coach, Extra-Curricular Coach - Dani Niss
Bus Driver, Food Service Provider, Custodian, Media Specialist - Jeff Koehler

The experience culminated with insights from Peru State College education program students Brandel Riekenberg, Alan Simpson, Jaelynn Muhr and Naomi Wilson with closing remarks from NRCSA Executive Director Jack Moles and ESU 4 Special Education Coordinator and Instructional Coach, Dani Niss.

ESU 4 encourages youth to consider a career in education!