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508ed5c447941 2012-2013 FEA Members: Damaris Neff, Heidi Nelson, Ashley Shaffer, Katie Goetzinger, Taylor Hampton, Celine Eggerling, and Natalie Lingenfelter (not pictured)
2012-2013 FEA Members: Damaris Neff, Heidi Nelson, Ashley Shaffer, Katie Goetzinger, Taylor Hampton, Celine Eggerling, and Natalie Lingenfelter (not pictured)

FEA Attends Conference

On Thursday October 18th, local FEA members traveled to the University of Nebraska- Omaha for the state FEA Conference “Teach Like a Pro”. Attending from Plainview were Katie Goetzinger, Taylor Hampton, Heidi Nelson, Natalie Lingenfelter, Ashley Shaffer, and co-advisor Mrs. Harrill.  Unable to attend were FEA Members Celine Eggerling, Damaris Neff, and co-adviser Mrs. Jacobsen.

Upon registration students received a drawstring bag with an FEA banner, a survey, a sheet on how to win prizes, a map, and a UNO guest card for lunch. Students also had the opportunity to visit various booths.  The day started off with a welcome from KETV News Watch 7 Anchor, Brandi Petersen and the Dean of College of Education, Dr. Nancy A. Edick.

Following the welcome, the first breakout session began.  The FEA conference was based on three strands:  Going Pro, Exploring College Readiness and Access, Steps to Becoming a Teacher.  Breakout sessions were based on those strands with seventeen presentations students could select from.

Nationally recognized motivational keynote speaker Craig Zablocki followed Breakout Session A.  Zablocki was able to entertain, educate and offer simple solutions to students that they will be able to implement in their daily lives. Following Craig was breakout session B. Following session B was session C and D. Everyone then returned to the ballroom for the closing message.

Students had the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions such as:

•    So Many Choices – Getting the Right Fit for College
•    Advice from Advisors – How to Communicate with College Advisors
•    Admit it – You Need to Learn More about the College Admission Process
•    Professional All Stars – Exploring the diversity of K-12 students
•    Challenging Traditions – Native American Perspective on Fall Holidays
•    Embrace the Differences
•    Autism – What Teachers Need to Know
•    Gifted Education, Innovative Strategies on How to Challenge Every Learner
•    Professional Playbook – best practices in K-12 teaching
•    Education Apps for the iPad
•    Montessori Magic – A Unique Approach to Teaching Young Children
•    Brain Breaks, How to Invigorate Learning with Movement
•    SMARTBoards, How to Integrate Technology for Everyone
•    Coaches Corner – Exploring high need areas (content and geographic areas)
•    STEM Education (Science Technology Education & Math)
•    Teaching English Language Learners
•    Communication is What We Do – Speech-Language Pathology Careers

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