Students from the Academy of Future Teachers at St. Augustine High School recently attended the Florida Future Educators Association (FFEA) conference in Orlando and returned home as the first place winners. This is the fifth year in a row that students from this academy have received this honor.
“I am extremely proud of Riley, Abby and Esther,” said St. Augustine High School Principal Cathy Mittelstadt. “The FFEA conference provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight their efforts within our Academy of Future Teachers.”
Career academy students had the opportunity to attend informational workshops, but they also competed against 38 other schools in six categories: Speech, Essay, Public Service Announcement (PSA), PowerPoint, Lesson Plan, and Chapter Display. Out of these six categories, three sophomores from the Teaching Academy received first place awards.
Riley O’Neal won first place in the speech competition with her speech about an elementary yoga instructor. With an essay about several teachers who have inspired her over the years, Abby Burns received first place for the essay competition. For the second year in a row, Esther Pielstick won first place in the Public Service Announcement competition.
The conference is identical to a teacher workshop featuring instructional breakout sessions and inspiring keynote speakers. This year’s keynote speaker was former teacher and author, Sharon Draper, who is popular for her young adult novels including Copper Sun and Tears of a Tiger.