Future teachers were recognized and encouraged to return to the Cape district as educators in recent ceremonies recognizing Cape High seniors pursuing teaching degrees after graduation.
Supervisor of Human Resources Ned Gladfelter said the district is making efforts to encourage more high school students to enter the teaching profession in light of a nationwide teacher shortage.
Gladfelter told students that as educators they will have the power to shape the future and create a better world for generations to come.
“The work of an educator is a noble calling, one that requires not only knowledge and skill but also a genuine desire to serve and make a difference in the lives of young people,” Gladfelter said. “We have the opportunity to inspire and motivate our students, and to instill in them a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.”
Gladfelter told students the district will support them as they progress through college.
“We want to help you achieve your goals, and perhaps one day, return to Cape to teach,” he said. “You are the future of our community. We need passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable educators like you who are willing to go above and beyond to help our students succeed.”
Several students also passed the ParaPro Assessment, Gladfelter said, and are certified to be paraeducators this summer or while in college.
Gladfelter also encouraged students to apply for a summer paraeducator position and for jobs as substitute paraeducators or teachers to gain classroom experience in the classroom.
If students so choose, Gladfelter said the district can assign an experienced or retired mentor teacher to check in on their progress and provide guidance over the next several years.