Area high schoolers learn leadership skills

By on September 4, 2010

Aurora—Thirty-five students and 15 teachers from 15 area high schools attended Aurora University’s (AU) annual Future Educators Association (FEA) leadership and officer training conference Aug. 12 in the University Banquet Hall.

Sponsored by AU’s College of Education, the conference was designed to teach students classroom-management skills, activities and responsibilities of teachers, and how to effectively lead FEA chapters at their home schools. The first part of the two-part workshop was held in June.

Co-instructors were Pam Ferdinand and Judy Maxwell, AU FEA coordinators.

The guest speaker was Sugar Grove resident Walt Duy, a retired Kaneland School District principal, who presented his “Cool Carl” anti-bullying program.

Since 1998, AU’s College of Education has helped establish and maintain FEA chapters serving about 300 students at 15 area high schools. They are Batavia, East Aurora, Geneva, Hinckley-Big Rock, Kaneland, Neuqua Valley, Oswego, Oswego East, Plano, St. Charles East, St. Charles North, Sandwich, Waubonsie Valley, West Aurora and Yorkville.

Students and advisors who attended Aug. 12 included Sarah Kitz of Kaneland High School.


  1. RM

    September 4, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Better change the name of the FEA to FUEA – Future Unemployed Educators of America. The future doesn’t look so bright for the next few years for folks considering education as a career.

  2. Rte38

    September 6, 2010 at 7:16 AM

    The same can be said of most every career right now. If education is their passion, I’m sure they will find a way to make it happen.

  3. Petes Hot Dogs

    September 7, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Completely agree Rte38. Plus it could always be worse, future educators have it much easier than future pilots for example

  4. secretweapon

    September 10, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    yeah no doubt on that one Petes Hot Dogs! i hear some pilots will travel anywhere (even korea) these days to find a job… all these kids need jobs, go join the army. i hear kandahar is nice this time of year!

  5. Rte38

    September 12, 2010 at 6:57 PM

    Petes Hot Dogs- Not everyone can own and operate a hot dog establishment as successful as you did. I know because three of my hot dog ventures have gone south this month alone.

    Secret weapon- I do not want all of our fellow elburn..ers to join the army right now. I just finished watching a documentary about a rural town Colorado that was invaded by Russian and Cuban forces in the 80’s. What would we do without our own Wolverines?

  6. secretweapon

    September 15, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    petes hot dogs – you should deliver.

    rte 38 – nooo don’t join the army. but i do believe elburn is safe because rambo recently decided to move there. i think he’s going to be taking over dave’s barber shop. he’s extremely skilled in all sorts of cuts.