Madison Johnson, a 2015 Tulsa Memorial graduate, has been elected to lead the nation’s future teachers as the 2015-16 Educators Rising National president.
“I am beyond words. I am so excited,” the president-elect said.
The Future Educators Association is a student extracurricular club for aspiring future teachers. In August, the organization will transition into EdRising. The 78-year-old organization was founded by the National Education Association and is housed within the Phi Delta Kappa International family. In 2010, FEA was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a career and technical student organization.
This fresh start will push forward the next generation of revolutionary educators, according to Johnson.
Johnson previously served as FEA Tulsa Memorial’s president. In April 2015, she won the $2,000 Leadership Competition, sponsored by the State Regents, which allowed her to compete for the presidential post at the 26th Annual Future Educators Association National Conference.
Johnson’s “Grow Your Own Garden of Teachers” campaign has taken root within its national membership of 14,000, whose overarching goal is to recruit effective teachers for America’s PK-12 classrooms.
EdRising’s single most impactful strength is its networking capabilities, with chapters throughout the U.S., Germany and Northern Mariana Islands.
“Educators Rising clubs are also a social network for communicating and collaborating to support the teaching profession,” Johnson said.
Johnson credits her mother, Stephanie Johnson, a Tulsa Educare teacher, and Tulsa Memorial special education teacher Karen Martin for her passion and desire to become a teacher. The Oklahoma’s Promise recipient plans to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall and major in special education.
Oklahoma’s former FEA and soon-to-be EdRising programs are facilitated by the Oklahoma Teacher Connection, a division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
To learn more about EdRising, contact Melissa Michie, Oklahoma Teacher Connection coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-225-9197.