Students from Century High School's TEACH Academy spent the morning of November 2 at UC Irvine. Following a tour of the campus, the students participated in a conversation with SoE students/members of the Teachers of Tomorrow club, Director of Teacher Education Virginia Panish, and Coordinator Susan Toma-Berge.
Aaron Barlin, ToT Presdient/BAES Major; Emily Cedillo, International Studies Major; and Jarrod Ventura, ToT Secretary/BAES Major talked about student life at UCI and led the TEACH students in a round of Anteater Bingo. The TEACH students, in turn, shared their experiences volunteering as tutors and the reasons they were choosing teaching as their future profession. Additional student questions centered on balancing work and school, campus social life, and the realities of student debt.
The TEACH Academy is a school within a school, open to high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who plan to pursue a career in education. Participants in the Academy progress through an integrated curricular path that includes education courses, internships, and tutoring. Students who successfully complete the three-year pathway will have earned 15 units of articulated credit through Santa Ana College and will be assigned to college and university staff who will mentor their college undergraduate career and graduate studies.