Sept. 22, 2004
-- Dr. David
Chobar, associate professor of education at Morningside College
College will host an informational session that
seeks to address the shortage of middle and high school teachers
on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 4:45
p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the U.P.S. Auditorium of the
Lincoln Center. The session is designed for all Morningside
College new and transfer freshmen and sophomore students whose
major is undecided.
The session "Don't
be Sedentary, be Secondary" will begin with free pizza and
soda from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. From 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.,
students will view the video "Be a Teacher, Change a Life"
and hear from Morningside's
education department faculty members on the secondary
education program at Morningside. Area middle and high school
educators will also share their teaching experiences and answer
The Iowa Department
of Education has designated current secondary teacher shortages
in the areas of science, music, mathematics, foreign language,
industrial technology, English as a second language, talented
and gifted, agriculture, and special education.
"There is a national
shortage of middle and high school teachers in these areas,"
said Dr. David Chobar, associate professor of education at
Morningside, who is organizing the event. "Many students may
be outstanding in the areas of science or math, for example,
but have never considered teaching."
in attending the informational session are asked to pre-register
by contacting Dr. David Chobar at (712) 274-5302 or by e-mail.
Teachers involved in
the discussion session include Alan McGaffin, Educational
Coordinator, Western Iowa Tech Community College; 1974 Morningside
graduate Virginia McKnight, English teacher at West High School;
1987 Morningside graduate Paul Niebuhr, instrumental music
teacher at Gehlen Catholic School in LeMars, Iowa, and the
"2004 Siouxland Alumni Teacher of the Year;" Emily Taylor,
English teacher at West High School; Jeremy Taylor, English
teacher at North High School; Christa Mesz, science teacher
at West Middle School; and Bryan Ferris, substitute history
teacher and swimming coach in South Sioux City, Neb.
currently offers a bachelor of science in elementary education,
a dual major in secondary education, a bachelor of science
in special education, and a master of arts in teaching.