High schools hold signing days for students who are talented enough to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level all the time.
Richmond Hill High School put its own touch on the tradition and held a “signing day” Tuesday for students in its Early Childhood Education Career Pathway who are planning on pursuing a career in education.
“When you think about the athletes who are up there signing, they probably wouldn’t be there if they hadn’t been impacted by an educator at some point,” Bryan County Schools Superintendent Paul Brooksher said. “This is a great way to recognize these students. There’s nothing tougher or more rewarding than being a teacher and we should celebrate them. I hope they all come back to Bryan County to teach.”
According to information provided by RHHS, the students are:
Alyssa Perez — Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus. Alyssa plans to pursue a career in elementary education. She has always enjoyed working with children, and has always wanted to be a teacher. She received exemplary ratings from both of her practicum experiences.
Hannah Elmore — Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus. Hannah wants to pursue a career in elementary education with a focus on special education. Hannah has worked FRIENDS summer camp, and led a social skills group at Carver Elementary during her practicum experience.
Kristy Lightsey — Piedmont College. Kristy has always been passionate about music and has decided to pursue a career in music education. She has been an active member of chorus her entire school career, even performing solos at events such as our annual Veteran’s Day program.
Jade Heindl — Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus. Jade has recently decided after completing practicums in the Early Childcare Career Pathway to pursue a career in elementary education. Jade has actively participated in FCCLA and volunteered on staff planning days to help with staff children.
Hannah Bryant — Indiana State University. Hannah has recently decided after completing practicums in the Early Childcare Career Pathway to pursue a career in elementary education. Hannah received exemplary ratings from both teachers she volunteered under while completing practicums in the program.
Kaitlyn Dutton — Georgia Southern University, Statesboro Campus. Kaitlyn’s love of children has always called her to pursue a career in elementary education. Kaitlyn has taught vacation Bible school and had been babysitting since middle school. Both of the practicum teachers that Kaitlyn volunteered for while completing the ECE program complimented her drive and rapport with students.
Haley Black — Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus. Haley has always felt a calling for the field of education. She plans to pursue a career in elementary education. Haley has worked at Bryan County’s After School Program for the past two years which has furthered her interest in the field. Haley comes from a long line of educators and is continuing this family tradition.
Erika Fahy — Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus. Erika has developed a passion about art and has decided to pursue a career as a secondary teacher in art education. She participated in basketball cheerleading, serving as captain, and has also served RHHS chorus as a student conductor and as vice president of the Pottery Club.