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Teaching Professions Features Host of Top-10 Placements

Students from the EFCTS Teaching Professions program pose for a group photo in front of the White House while at the 2022 Educators Rising national conference.Students from the EFCTS Teaching Professions program pose for a group photo in front of the White House while at the 2022 Educators Rising national conference.


EFCTS  |  July 13, 2022

Students from the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools Teaching Professions satellite program geared up to travel to the nation’s capital for a four-day stay at the Educators Rising national conference. Between individual and team competitions, 16 students from the program traveled to compete and 11 placed in the top-10, nationally. 

Rising senior Sophia Samuel from New Albany High School poses on the Educators Rising stage after placing third in the Lesson Planning ARTS category.Pictured: Sophia Samuel (New Albany HS)
The team of Grace HensleyLexi HighlandChloe Dickson, and Emily Stanisovska, all recent graduates from Gahanna Lincoln High School, took second place in the country for their presentation in the Research Learning Challenges category.

Sophia Samuel, a rising senior from New Albany High School, was a bronze medalist after finishing third in the Lesson Planning and Arts category.

A second team of Teaching Professions students put together a fifth-place finish in the Inside Our Schools category. Sydney ErringtonAllison SlatesShelby Tocash, and Cora Homes, all from Gahanna Lincoln High School, gave a presentation on an initiative for their home school called Hope Squad

Chloe Dickson participated in a second category as an individual and scored a seventh-place finish in Lesson Planning for STEM.

A trio of rising seniors from Gahanna Lincoln High School finished in the top 10 including:

Jocelynn Pfister (Lesson Planning for CTE), 5th place
Amelia Alatsis (Creative Lecture), 7th place
Cora Holmes (Exploring Non-Core Teaching Careers), 9th place

In addition to those that competed, Mary Kate Gebhart ‘22 (Gahanna Lincoln) joined the rest of the newly-elected Educators Rising national officers to convene and determine their official roles. It was decided that Mary Kate will serve as the national vice president of engagement for Educators Rising for the 2022-23 term. During the 2021-22 school year, she served as the public relations secretary for the Ohio chapter of Educators Rising.

The Educators Rising national conference was held between June 24-27 at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. The theme students and staff rallied behind this year was Shaping the Future. Four students personally adopted that theme by participating in the first signing day, committing to becoming a teacher in the future. Recent graduates Reagan Petersen (Gahanna Lincoln), Anna Rice (Gahanna Lincoln), Mary Kate Gebhart, and Elizabeth Valdez (New Albany) all took part in this Educators Rising first.

Students from Gahanna Lincoln HS pose together to celebrate their second-place finish in the Researching Learning Challenges competition.Pictured: Second-place finishers Emily Stanisovska, Gracie Hensley, Chloe Dickson, and Alexis Highland.


The Teaching Professions program is a two-year career technical program designed to prepare the educators of tomorrow with experience in classrooms, internships, field trips, and a curriculum that allows students to develop skills in designing learning environments and classroom management. The Teaching Professions program is located at Gahanna Lincoln High School’s Clark Hall. For more information on the program, visit www.EastlandFairfield.com/Teaching.

About Educators Rising
Educators Rising is a community-based model, in which chapters at schools feed teacher preparation programs at institutes of higher education with the support of  State Departments of Education and local funders and foundations. These entities come together to provide a clear pathway to increase teacher diversity and teacher quality. Educators Rising has a presence in all 50 states and has more than 45,000 members, nationally.

About Eastland-Fairfield
Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools is the seventh-largest career and technical education district, geographically, in the State of Ohio. We serve more than 5,000 students in 16 school districts throughout Franklin, Fairfield and Pickaway counties. Eastland-Fairfield provides more than 40 programs to over 1,400 high school and adult students. The district has two main campuses — Eastland Career Center in Groveport and Fairfield Career Center in Carroll, with satellite locations at four of our associate high schools: Gahanna Lincoln, Groveport Madison, New Albany, and Pickerington North. 

Founded in 1969. Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools’ mission is to engage, enrich, and equip students every day in every experience. We prepare students to pursue their life’s next E: Employment, Enlistment, Entrepreneurship, and/or additional Education. Visit us online at www.eastlandfairfield.com and follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn for regular updates, fun content and information.

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