Carson High begins program encouraging students to become teachers | NevadaAppeal.com

Carson High begins program encouraging students to become teachers

Educators Rising advisers (front) Sarah Lobsinger and Monica Chavez stand with their students part of Carson High School's newest club.
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To encourage students to train to be teachers, Carson High School has started the Educators Rising Club.

Educators Rising is part of a national organization providing high school students who are interested in going into teaching with resources and information. The Carson High chapter started in November under the supervision of Carson High implementation specialist Sarah Lobsinger and geometry teacher Monica Chavez.

“Over the last few years there has been a decline in the number of teaching applicants in the state… and I felt like this was a good way to promote teaching and what a great career it is, and give students the resources to get into this,” Lobsinger said.

The students meet every other Wednesday and Lobsinger said their focus has been to start building the club. Currently, the club has about nine students, who want to teach everything from science to astronomy post-college.

“This is a positive thing that I think everyone can get behind,” Lobsinger said.

As a part of the club, the students can also participate in local and national competitions, create programs for local schools and they’re planning on raising funds for supplies. The Carson chapter is planning on hosting its first local competition April 5, where the students will be judged from members of the Retired School Employees Association.

“The students’ enthusiasm (is my favorite part of this),” Lobsinger said. “That and the result of inspiring students to become educators because we hope they will come back to our school as teachers.

“We really want to support the students as they move onto college and later support them pursuing a career so they can hopefully come back and teach in our district.”

That’s the path Chavez took; she started as a Carson High grad before becoming a student at University of Nevada Reno and returning to Carson as a geometry teacher.

“She is a really good example of what we want to do more of with this program,” Lobsinger said.

They hope to grow the program and get other schools involved so the students can compete with others in competitions and increase interest in teaching.

“If anyone is interested in teaching, any student who wants to join at any high school in the area, can contact me,” Lobsinger said. “Or if there are any teachers interested in starting their own chapter, I would be more than happy to help them out.”

For information, contact Lobsinger at 775-283-1668 or email slobsinger@carson.k12.nv.us.