Educational event seeks to inspire future teachers

Truman State University

Truman’s Department of Education is hosting a conference for students in grades 7 through 12 interested in becoming teachers. The “Teachers Matter: Become One” educational conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 21 on the Truman campus. University President Sue Thomas will be on hand to welcome visiting students. There will also be presentations by educators from area schools promoting what they do and why they enjoy the career path they have chosen.

James Young, Missouri’s 2022 Teacher of the Year, will deliver the keynote address. He taught musical theatre, vocal music and guitar at the Johnson-Wabash 6th Grade Center in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Young spent most of his 14-year career in the Ferguson-Florissant school district. He also taught middle school harmony, music appreciation, and general music. Before starting as a teacher in his hometown, Young served in the U.S. Army where he joined the U.S. Army Chorus on their tour of South Korea.

Truman offers 15 program areas where aspiring educators can earn their initial certification before earning a Master of Arts in Education. The University also offers complementary certification in three other areas, including the recently introduced Gifted Education program, which can be completed entirely online. Details about the Department of Education can be found at

For more information about the “Teachers Matter: Become One” educational conference, contact the Education Department at 660-785-4386.

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