Training future teachers


Photo Credit: Erik Kravig

Marilyn Nava helping out fourth grade students.

Evelyn Cortez, Staff Reporter

Schuyler Central High School is offering a new class called Introduction to Education. Introduction to Education is a hope to build a community of scholars who are dedicated to being lifelong learners. SCHS students have the opportunity to take courses in the education career pathway. The students are taking Introduction to Education as a dual credit class through Columbus Central College. Dual credit is a type of enrollment that allows high school students to take college classes while they are still enrolled in high school.  These classes count for both high school and college credit. High school students who complete dual enrollment classes generally take fewer classes in college and save money on total college costs. Not all students are eligible to take dual enrollment classes in high school. Students typically must be a junior or senior and must maintain a minimum grade point average. 

The Introduction to Education students observe teachers and classrooms at Schuyler Elementary School. The instructor for Introduction to Education is Erik Kravig. The students that are taking this class are; Madelin Zelada, Zenaida Ardon, Rocio Gonzalez, Angela Vasquez and Marilyn Nava. All of the students are seniors. Rocio Gonzalez is interested in being a teacher because she enjoys being with kids. Rocio  shared, “It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to work with kids and teach them.” Rocio wants to be a teacher so she can be able to teach and get to know other students and help others solve problems.  Rocio’s goal for teaching is to learn new things and get involved in learning things about school.

 Mr. Kravig wants to be able to provide a course that will allow the students to get a jump start on their journey to become a teacher.  This course will allow the students to advance through college at an accelerated pace and become a teacher in a minimum of three years after high school. Mr. Kravig utilized the Canvas learning management system to facilitate the course. Mr. Kravig’s philosophy is to provide a safe, comfortable learning environment for students where they feel like they can learn and be successful.  This can be accomplished by establishing a mutual relationship based on high expectations, trust and care. Mr. Kravig feels like he has a good knowledge of all aspects of education that can be passed on to the students and help guide and prepare them for the future of teaching. Mr. Kravig explained that  “Students will learn about historical and societal issues in education as well as current issues and trends.”  This includes “philosophical and applicable factors in educations” according to Mr. Kravig, that prepares students for education in the 21st century.