CUSD Career Technical Education Students Qualify for Educators Rising California National Competition

Left to right: Dr. Gregory Nicholson, Emelia Cameron, Michelle Tse, and Lauren Lienau. (Photo courtesy of CUSD)

Around 200 Central Valley high school students and aspiring teachers came together on March 24 at Clovis Community College for the 2nd Annual Educators Rising California Conference for the Central Valley, a national network of students and teacher leaders who are inspired and excited by the teaching profession.

Educators Rising California is a Career Technical Student Organization for the education pathway students in Clovis Unified School District. Over 100 CUSD students participated in this full-day conference related to various topics and careers in education.

Students began the day with an informative panel of professors and teachers, followed by workshops in courses such as Formative AP Assessments, 21st Century Teaching and Learning, Learning through PLAY, Women in Mathematics, and It’s Not Magic; It’s Science! Several workshops were taught by CUSD K-12 teachers. Lunch was provided and included a college fair for students to network and gather college information for the next chapter of their lives.

The event culminated with the announcement of the state competition winners in the following three categories: Children’s Literature K-3, Lesson Planning and Delivery – STEM, and Creative Lecture. CUSD had three students place for the very first time in the Children’s Literature K-3 category. These students created an original book – written and illustrated – for a kindergarten-through-third-grade audience.

The following CUSD students qualified to compete in the national competition in Phoenix in June:

  •       Michelle Tse – 2nd Place – Clovis North High School – Teacher: Nicole Torres (Book title: “One Dollar”)
  •       Lauren Lienau – 3rd Place – Clovis North High School – Teacher: Andrea Castro (Book title: “The Best Things in Life”)
  •       Emelia Cameron – Honorable Mention – Clovis High/Clovis East School – Teacher:  Cynthia Huerta (Book title: “How to Write a Book”)