December 10, 2012 12:00AM
Solomon Moore, a senior elementary education major from Neosho, Mo., has almost always known he wanted to be a teacher. On Monday, he took some of the final steps before beginning the career he has always dreamed of.
Moore (at left with cooperating teacher Kacey Lemert) and about 75 other new graduates of Pittsburg State University’s teacher education program took the Teacher’s Oath at the College of Education’s Student Teacher Recognition Ceremony Monday morning. On Friday, he will receive his diploma in PSU’s Winter Commencement exercises and in January he will begin teaching fourth grade at the Mueller Aerospace and Engineering Discovery Magnet Elementary School in Wichita.
“I think I’ve always known I wanted to be a teacher,” said Moore, who recalled playing school with his siblings when he was small.
“Later, in school, I tutored. I love teaching and I love kids!” Moore said.
That passion for teaching will be one of the keys to Moore’s success, according to Scott Myers, director of teacher licensure and accreditation for the Kansas State Department of Education. Myers was the keynote speaker for the ceremony and he told the new teachers that passion was the first thing he looked for in teachers.
“There’s too much at risk to just clock in,” Myers said. “We need people with a passion for teaching.”
In addition to recognizing each student teacher individually and the cooperating teachers who were their mentors, the ceremony included the Teacher’s Oath. Dean of Education Howard Smith explained that the oath was adapted for PSU from one written years ago by another educator.
The students repeated the oath together, pledging to remember that they do not teach lesson plans, but human beings. They promised to give students work with meaning and to rely on and help colleagues to be the best teachers they can be.
“I will be a competent, committed, caring professional throughout my career,” they concluded together.
Smith said the ceremony and the tradition of taking of the oath were begun four years ago as a means not just of recognizing students, cooperating teachers and faculty, but to also honor the entire teaching profession and to welcome new colleagues into the profession.