Seventeen students from John C. Birdlebough High travelled back to their elementary school, Michael A. Maroun, recently to assist educators in teaching for the day.
The Back to the Future program is held annually during Regent’s week, allowing high school students to volunteer when they aren’t taking tests.
The purpose of the program is to expose high school students to the field of teaching. The Birdlebough students who participate in Back to the Future are either thinking of entering the education profession or like to work with children.
Often, Back to the Future is the first experience the high school students have to experience working with children in a formal setting. High school freshman through seniors followed the schedule of their assigned teacher.
Second-grade teacher Joelle Hendry was excited to invite a high school student into her classroom. Hendry is a Phoenix alumna, and was in the first graduating class (96’) that went through the Back to the Future program.
As a high school senior, Hendry couldn’t decide whether to pursue a college degree in speech pathology or elementary education. She shadowed the school’s speech pathologist during the Back to the Future program, and was able to see how closely speech pathologists work with the classroom.
Hendry has two degrees, one in elementary education, and the other as a reading specialist.
“I hope that the high school students (here today) get to see what kind of work goes into being an elementary teacher,” said Hendry.
The Back to the Future program is mutually beneficial in that elementary students learn about high school expectations and Birdlebough students seek out possible options for their future.
High school participants involved were Josh Margrey, Alexis Bowering, Finella Campanino, Dylan Doupe, Conrad Karl, Kate McDonald, Mackenzie Young, Matt Pelton, Ben Bulgrien, Maria Musemeci, Abby Ewald, Olivia Uttamsingh, Evan Logee, Shaun Turner, Hannah Lees, Tyler Gabriele, Noah Neverette and A.C. Bowman.