Growing Future Teachers

School of Education Dean Alan Shoho speaks to Milwaukee Public School students during a Grow Your Own event.

Approximately 40 Milwaukee Public Schools students visited UWM Oct. 30 to learn more about the School of Education.

They are part of the Grow Your Own program that is introducing high school students to the teaching profession. Mary Henry, who coordinates the program for MPS, accompanied the students.

At UWM, the students had a chance to tour the campus, visit the new Welcome Center and meet with Dean Alan Shoho, Assistant Dean Jeremy Page and Rob Longwell Grice, senior advisor in the Office of Student Services. Emilee Schultz, admission advisor, talked to the students and answered questions about the various School of Education programs that could be options for them. Students also had a chance to chat with current students at UWM.

Grow Your Own is a collaborative effort of a number of MPS and suburban schools to encourage high school students to become teachers. UWM is in the process of launching a number of introductory teaching courses this spring semester for the Grow Your Own students. Other dual enrollment courses — which would allow high school students to earn college credit — are planned at UWM and MATC for the fall of 2020.

School of Education Admission Advisor Emilee Schultz talks to students during a Grow Your Own event.