On October 22, 2021, Mount St. Joseph University hosted its fifth annual Summit on Teaching Professions.

students in university theatre for education summit

On October 22, 2021, Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) hosted its fifth annual Summit on Teaching Professions from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Over 150 high school students from all over the region who aspire to enter a career in education were on campus for the summit.

The event began with an address from Mount St. Joseph University President, Dr. H. James Williams, followed by keynote speaker, Leila Kubesch, who was 2020 Ohio Teacher of the Year. Kubesch was raised in poverty in North Africa as a child and arrived in the United States seeking solutions for families in need. In her work as a Norwood Public Schools teacher, she made home visits, built a school library, advocated for youth and immigrants in foster care, founded a nonprofit, and much more.

Following the keynote address, the high school students had breakout sessions all over campus and had the chance to interact with MSJ faculty and students.

“MSJ is proactively trying to foster the next generation of educators, especially with the teacher shortage we are seeing in many school districts,” said Dr. Laura Saylor, Dean of the School of Education.

“The goal of the summit is to show high school students all the possibilities of a career in education," Dr. Saylor adds. "When most people think of being an education major, they think the only option is being a teacher in a classroom, but there are so many more possibilities. We also want to show these students how rewarding being in the education field can be. Lastly, we want to help our community by hopefully aspiring more students to consider a career in education."

Visit the Education Degrees page to learn more about the Mount's education programs.