Members of ATU Community Sign Pledge to Educate

ATU Pledge to Educate Signing 4-11-2022
Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe (left), Dr. Mary B. Gunter (middle) and Dr. Linda Bean (right) led the signing of a pledge to educate by members of the Arkansas Tech University community on Monday, April 11.

Arkansas Tech University College of Education students, faculty and staff participated in a statewide initiative recognizing the contributions of education professionals on Monday, April 11.

ATU began its observance of the fourth annual Arkansas Educator Commitment Signing Week by providing individuals with an opportunity to sign their pledge to educate during a ceremony in the first floor lobby at Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall.

“Congratulations to all of you for selecting such a rewarding career,” said Dr. Julie Furst-Bowe, ATU interim vice president for academic affairs, during remarks directed to ATU College of Education students on Monday. “We need teachers in Arkansas. We need teachers in every state. I want to applaud you for making a bold career choice. We know you will become great teachers after you graduate. Enjoy the events this week. They are a celebration of you, your programs and the field of education.”

Arkansas Educator Commitment Signing Week was initiated by the Arkansas Department of Education in 2019.

“The fact that you have chosen to become a teacher is probably one of the most significant choices you will make in your entire career,” said Dr. Mary B. Gunter, chief of staff in the ATU Office of the President and distinguished professor of educational leadership at Arkansas Tech. “(ATU) has one of the most exceptional teacher preparation programs in this state, this region and wherever you might go. You will transform the world because you will touch the lives of children in K-12 who will go on and make a difference in a society.”

Dr. Linda Bean, dean of the ATU College of Education, served as master of ceremonies for the commitment to education signing event.

“My challenge to you is to enjoy this moment in your life,” said Bean. “We’re preparing you to be the best teacher you can be. We want you to represent Arkansas Tech as a great teacher. We’re proud of you.”

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Pledge to Educate Signing Event | 4/11/22