ALJ Teams with Rider University to Train 'Tomorrow's Teachers'

Elizabeth Meagher, Alexandra, Navarro, Katy Shriner,  and Dominique Smith worked with Children’s Librarian, Eileen Smith at the Clark Public Library. Credits: Clark Public Schools

CLARK, NJ – In partnership with the New Jersey Future Educators Association and Rider University, the Arthur L. Johnson High School started the Tomorrow’s Teachers program this September. High school seniors interested in pursuing one of the many education-related majors in college enroll in a double period course/work study.

“Introducing students to a college level curriculum, career centered exploration, and hands on activities allows them to reflect and improve their skills as a future educator, prepare for the college atmosphere, and be presented with opportunities within their future major,” Franklin Stebbins, co-teacher of the course, said.

Students who complete their coursework, internship requirements, and work through Rider University are eligible to receive three college-level credits from Rider University.

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While the Tomorrow’s Teachers program is only open to seniors, all students are invited to join A.L.J.’s Future Educators Club. Club members focus on statewide and locally created service-learning projects as well as have the opportunity to attend conferences related to current educational trends at various colleges and universities throughout the state. 

“The club is a great opportunity to showcase the impact that students can have in their communities as well as within the education field,” co-teacher/advisor Brian Kenyon commented.

The Clark Education Association generously sponsored membership for the club members. 

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