“The teachers of the future are your students today,” he told the
group. “Students aren’t choosing teaching on their own. It’s up to the
teaching profession to recruit and cultivate our own.”
That’s a large part of the reason that UD started Success Through
Education, said Barry Joyce, associate professor of history, who led the
program with Hannah Kim, assistant professor of history, both in the
College of Arts and Sciences’ secondary teacher education program, and Carol Wong, associate professor in the School of Education.
Each fall, Delaware high school students and their teachers
participating in Success Through Education come to campus for a day,
learning about UD’s admission requirements, financial aid, academic
services and possible majors, including elementary, secondary and
The same students return in the spring for additional workshops, classroom visits and campus tours.
The group this semester came from five schools districts: Indian
River, Milford, Brandywine, Red Clay Consolidated and Christina.
Students met in small informal groups with UD education students to
chat about such subjects as academic requirements and life on campus.
While their teachers attended Brown’s workshop to learn about
participating in Educators Rising, the students filled out sample
freshman schedules showing classes, study time and extracurricular
Many of the UD students who participated had attended the same high
school as the visiting students. That kind of match helps show the
younger students a clear path to college and an eventual career in
education, Joyce said.
“We want to make sure these high school students realize that teaching is still a really good profession,” he said.