More than 200 high school students from 14 area schools attended the third-annual Education Summit on Tuesday, December 4, hosted by the Mount's School of Education.
Built around the theme of "Agents of Change: Lead, Inspire, Teach," the Education Summit is designed as a day dedicated to learning about the many career options in education.
The event schedule included breakout sessions and panel discussions covering a variety of topics, including dyslexia, diversity, administrative roles in education, and teaching with a mission. An Area of Study Showcase, hosted by MSJ faculty, invited attendees to learn about some of the 'helping' professions associated with education, such as psychology, social work, and physical therapy.
Students were also treated to campus tours and lunch in the Mount's Fifth Third Bank Hall.
Topping off the success of this year's Education Summit was a keynote address by Teddy Kremer, author of “Stealing First,” and Cincinnati Reds' most popular bat boy. His message to the students was uplifting and authentic, as he shared his accomplishments and recognized many of the people who helped him along the way, including teachers, coaches, and his family.
Teddy's stories about being in the Reds' dugout and having not one, but two 'Teddy Kremer Bobblehead' nights at Great American Ball Park, gave way to laughter, smiles, and applause from the audience.
Laura Saylor, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, thanked Teddy for sharing his infectious, positive outlook with the students, as she presented him with a few MSJ Spirit items, including a Lauren Hill Bobblehead. The students thanked Teddy with a standing ovation.
Dr. Saylor also recognized the committee members who made this year's Education Summit a reality, including Jennie Cunningham, MSJ administrative assistant; Kate Doyle, Ph.D., MSJ assistant professor and director of the graduate special education program; Sharon Foley, support staff; and Cindy Shibinksi, M.A., MSJ instructor.
Before heading off to his next appearance, Teddy took a few minutes to greet students and offer Joe Lion a sneak peak at his book, "Stealing First."