9 UHS students declare intent to teach

9 UHS students declare intent to teach
Posted on 05/13/2022
This is the image for the news article titled 9 UHS students declare intent to teachOn Thursday night, nine Uintah High School students signed letters of intent to become teachers.

The ceremony was similar to signing day events for student-athletes who have declared their intent to play sports in college. It was organized by UHS teacher Janalee Watkins, who is the coordinator for the school's Teaching as a Profession (TAP) program. 

"It is important to celebrate these amazing young people," Watkins said of the six seniors, one junior, and two sophomores who completed TAP this year.

Utah introduced Teaching As A Profession (TAP) as a CTE Pathway four years ago. The course introduces students to the role and positive influence of effective educators. It also prepares them for college-level work in education programs. 

As part of the program, students take a state test at the end of the TAP course to earn their Pathway certificate. The Uintah High class scored in the top 3 of all Utah schools on the state test, Watkins said.

In addition to the students and their families, the signing ceremony was attended by members of the UHS faculty; Uintah School District Support Services Director Mindy Merrell, who oversees CTE programs; Uintah School Board Vice President Robin McClellan; and Uintah Schools Superintendent Rick Woodford. The superintendent encouraged the students to consider returning to the district as teachers. Several said that is their plan.

The UHS students who signed letters of intent to become teachers are seniors Cameron Alexander, Johnathan Porter, Marcy Reynolds, Kelsey Alexander, McKenzie Lindsay, Maddy Bingham, junior Aysia Massey, and sophomores Addilyn Oaks and Faith Van Leuven.
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