Seventeen students from John C. Birdlebough travelled back to their elementary school, Michael A. Maroun, recently to assist educators in teaching for the day.
The Back to the Future (BTTF) program is held annually during regent’s week, allowing high school students to volunteer when they aren’t testing.
The purpose of BTTF is to expose high school students to the field of teaching. The JCB students who participate in BTTF are either thinking of entering the education profession or like to work with children.
Often, BTTF is the first experience JCB students have to experience working with children in a formal setting. High school students, freshman through seniors, followed the schedule of their assigned teacher.
Second grade teacher Joelle Hendry was excited to invite a high school student into her classroom.
Hendry is a Phoenix alumna, and was in the first graduating class (96’) that went through the BTTF program.
As a high school senior, Hendry couldn’t decide whether to pursue a college degree in speech pathology or elementary education. She shadowed the school’s speech pathologist during the BTTF program, and was able to see how closely speech pathologists work with the classroom.
Hendry has two degrees, one in elementary education, and the other as a reading specialist.
“I hope that the high school students (here today) get to see what kind of work goes into being an elementary teacher,” said Hendry.
The BTTF program is mutually beneficial in that elementary students learn about high school expectations and JCB students seek out possible options for their future.
High school participants involved were Josh Margrey, Alexis Bowering, Finella Campanino, Dylan Doupe, Conrad Karl, Kate McDonald, Mackenzie Young, Matt Pelton, Ben Bulgrien, Maria Musemeci, Abby Ewald, Olivia Uttamsingh, Evan Logee, Shaun Turner, Hannah Lees, Tyler Gabriele, Noah Neverette and A.C. Bowman.