Every year, the Kansas Teacher of the Year Team (KTOY) – the pre-K-12 educators celebrated as the best of the best for that year – tours the state’s universities.

This year, the team will come to Fort Hays State University on March 9, and Dr. Chris Jochum, chair of the university’s Department of Teacher Education, decided to do something extra.

His department and the College of Education are using it as the core event of what he is calling Future Educators Day.

The purpose is to “get kids interested in the teaching professions and, hopefully, stay in Kansas,” Jochum said, “Because there is an identified need not only in Kansas but nationwide to attract more people to the teaching profession, especially people who will return to their hometowns and teach there.”

So far, 12 schools and school districts have signed up. Jochum expects about a hundred students with their sponsoring teachers, school administrators and counselors to attend.

The day’s schedule includes a time for the high school students to tour exhibits. From 1 p.m. to 1:40 p.m., tables will be set up in the union’s Black and Gold Room for the high school students to visit with faculty from departments with teaching majors or endorsements.

The departments include: elementary education, early childhood unified, special education, art education, Spanish education, English education, history education, math education, music education and science education.

Additionally people will be available to answer questions on career services, study abroad, living and learning communities, residential life, Greek live and other student related services.

The KTOY team will engage in events with the FHSU faculty and students.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., there will be a presentation between the FHSU faculty and students and from 12:55 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. there will be a discussion between the KTOY Team, K-12 teachers and FHSU faculty on “filling the teacher pipeline.”

The day’s closing remarks will include a drawing or scholarships from the office of Admissions and the Department of Teacher Education.

For more information contact Jochum at cjjochum@fhsu.edu.