National Day of Signing Celebrates Delaware’s Aspiring Educators

May 11, 2023

On May 2nd, 42 Delaware high school students gathered at the Old State House in Dover to participate in the National Day of Signing event. The occasion marked an important milestone in their academic careers, as they signed letters of intent to pursue a degree in education. These aspiring educators are part of Delaware Pathway’s Teacher Academy program which aims to address the state's shortage of qualified teachers by preparing students for careers in education.

The event was attended by family members, local district and high education representatives, Senator Kyra Hoffner, Representative Williams, and Delaware Department of Education staff, among other honored guests. Dr. Mark Holodick, Delaware Secretary of Education, spoke at the event, congratulating the students on their accomplishments and encouraging them to become changemakers in education.

The students committed to attending 12 post-secondary institutions, including Delaware Technical Community College, Delaware State University, University of Delaware, and Wilmington University. These institutions offer a variety of programs in education, providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed as teachers.

Michael Hill-Shaner, Education Associate for the program, expressed his excitement for the students’ academic achievements and successes in Career and Technical Education. He explained that this event was not the students' first steps towards becoming teachers, but rather an incredible milestone in their careers. Through their courses and experiences in Career Technical Education, these students have been given a head start in becoming the next generation of teachers.

The Teacher Academy pathway has seen an increase in student enrollment as Delaware districts continue to face an educator shortage. This program provides students with a unique opportunity to explore the field of education and gain valuable experience before pursuing higher education.

The Teacher Academy pathway is an excellent opportunity for students to explore their passion for teaching and to develop the skills they need to succeed in this rewarding profession. Visit Delaware Pathways to learn more about the Teacher Academy pathway. 


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