TEACH club holds annual conference, students get advice from local professionals

Photo by Joshua Wagner | The Ranger
Photo by Joshua Wagner | The Ranger

March 28, 2012

By Chad Fewell | Ranger Reporter

THE TEACH CLUB conducted its second annual Bruce Beck Conference Saturday on the West Campus.

Beck, a former Amarillo Globe-News reporter, wrote several articles about the need for educators in the Texas Panhandle. After his death, a donation-based scholarship was created in his memory to provide future educators the opportunity to finish school and pursue their careers.

“The TEACH Club officers and members have worked hard for the last couple months in getting this conference organized and ready,” said Mary Clare Munger, chairwoman of the education and child development department.

The conference began at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with an introduction of the TEACH Club officers, guest lecturers and adviser.

Munger then introduced keynote speaker Mike Brown, superintendent of Highland Park Independent School District.

Breakout sessions were offered throughout the day for students to have a chance to listen to teachers share advice and stories.

The lecture topics included creating video production in the classroom, smartboard resources for the high school classroom and how to organize and use iPads in the classroom.

A panel discussion with six lecturers took place during lunch.

Students who attended were given the opportunity to ask the panelists questions.

The day ended with Brown’s session on the use of technology in the classroom.

“The conference was fabulous,” said Michael Seemann, a secondary education math major.

“Great information with fabulous speakers – just a wonderful, all-around day.”

The food for the day was purchased from Donut Stop and McCalister’s.

Sponsors for the event included the Amarillo College bookstore, Walgreen’s, General Office Supplies and Steelcase.

“The conference was very informative, very well thought out and excellently planned,” said Amanda Rouse, a special education major.

“I had a blast and learned quite a bit more than I anticipated.”

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