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Two Pirates qualify for Nationals, two more earn gold at future educator’s conference

Two Pirates qualify for Nationals, two more earn gold at future educator’s conference

Crandall High School’s chapter of the Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) competed in the 38th annual Teach Tomorrow Summit on March 3-5 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Seniors Kaitlyn Roberts and Madison Lene advanced to nationals while Seniors Karmyn Bass and Hailey Golden earned gold at the event, attended by more than 2,000 students.

The Texas Association of Future Educators or TAFE (pronounced "taffy") is a co-curricular statewide non-profit student organization created to allow young men and women an opportunity to explore the teaching profession. The organization was created to provide high school and middle school students in Texas with the necessary knowledge to make informed decisions about pursuing careers in education.

“TAFE has been a great organization for our students to participate in,” said Leslie Harrell, high school teacher and Ready, Set, Teach lead. “Students get to learn about careers in education and develop their character, service and leadership skills needed for becoming effective educators.”

For three days, students had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers and attend discussion group sessions presented by other TAFE Chapters with new ideas and strategies.

“I’m so proud of the work these students have put into this,” Harrell said. “These four ladies have represented Crandall High School well and will do great things in the future of education.”

Winning students and their awards are:

National Qualifier:

  • Kaitlyn Roberts: Children's Literature
  • Madison Lene: Interactive Bulletin Board

Gold Placing:

  • Karmyn Bass: Teacher Created Materials
  • Hailey Golden: Interactive Bulletin Board