Eight students participated in a virtual Georgia Future Educators’ Signing Day on May 5.

Eight students participated in a virtual Georgia Future Educators’ Signing Day on May 5.

TIFTON — Eight students participated in Tift County High School’s  virtual Georgia Future Educators’ Signing Day on May 5.

The event celebrated 10 graduating seniors from the class of 2020 who have made the decision to pursue a career in education.

Those seniors who chose to pursue a career in education include Chnyia Boney, Tranayah Clark, Kimberly Davila, Terjera Moore, Ashlyn Owens, Mirna Solis, Rebecca Tello, Shakira Wilcox, Chelsi Hill and Elizabeth Reyes.

“Great teachers are vital to providing our students with a quality education,” said TCHS principal Kim Seigler. “I believe that many of our own students have the qualities required to be excellent educators. Celebrating Georgia’s future educators by recognizing them on Signing Day is just one way to show them the importance of a career in education.”

Georgia Future Educators Signing Day, held each year during Teacher Appreciation Week, is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education’s Division of Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education in partnership with the Georgia Early Childhood Education Foundation (GECEF) and Georgia’s colleges and universities.

“Students cannot succeed without great teachers in the classroom,” state school superintendent Richard Woods said. “We know, however, that teacher recruitment and retention is a serious issue in our state, as it is nationwide. Part of our comprehensive approach to addressing teacher recruitment and retention is elevating the teaching profession. Future Educators Signing Day allows us to celebrate those students who answer the incredibly important calling of becoming an educator.”

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