Education Expo to prepare students for teaching profession

Nebraska_Affiliate_Logo_RGBBy TODD GOTTULA
UNK Communications

KEARNEY – Students interested in teaching can learn more about the profession by attending the Nebraska Education Expo in Kearney.

Hosted by Educators Rising and University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Education, the event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at UNK’s Nebraskan Student Union. Cost is and includes lunch.

Registration deadline is Sept. 9. To register, visit!education-expo/xojpy

“Students will explore teaching through interactive presentations and discover how Educators Rising and UNK can provide assistance as they prepare for careers in education,” said Nancy Burkhart, Educators Rising Nebraska state adviser.”

“Dive Into Education” is the theme of the expo, which includes breakout sessions and information on the following:

•   What it Means to be a Public School Educator Beyond the Classroom;

•   What it Takes to be an Early Childhood Teacher;

•   Cooperative Learning and Engagement Strategies;

•   How to Start an EdRising Chapter / Becoming a State Officer;

•   We Teach, Play and Inspire with Educational Tools;

•   Team Building in the Classroom; and

•   Developing Conflict Resolution Skills Through Games and Simulations.

Tim Royers
Tim Royers

Nebraska Teacher of the Year Tim Royers is the keynote speaker and will present at 8:45 a.m. A social studies teacher at Millard West High School, Royers was a debate coach at Millard West for eight years and helped the team win five consecutive state championships.

He is a member of the Millard Education Association, serving on the board of directors and as chief negotiator for collective bargaining.

Royers graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 2007. In 2010 he was awarded a James Madison Memorial Fellowship from Congress to pursue his Master’s Degree in History with an emphasis on the study of the Constitution, which he completed at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

About Educators Rising
Educators Rising cultivates highly-skilled educators by guiding young people on a path to becoming accomplished teachers, beginning in high school and extending through college and into the profession.


Writer: Todd Gottula, Director of Communications, 308.865.8454,
Source: Nancy Burkhart, Educators Rising Nebraska State Advisor, 402.740.1343, Nancy.Burkhart@Nebraska.Gov