Susan Cortez

Stephen F. Austin State University senior education major Susan Cortez is one of hundreds of teacher candidates who attended SFA's Student-Teacher Orientation Thursday, Aug. 18.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Hundreds of Stephen F. Austin State University education students who will soon graduate and begin teaching attended SFA's Student-Teacher Orientation Thursday, Aug. 18.

Throughout the day, James I. Perkins College of Education faculty members discussed student-teaching guidelines, handbook policies and student-teaching tips, as well as answered questions about this next step in preparing students to become educators.

Dr. Janet Tareilo, associate dean of the college, explained the students' focus should now be concentrated on student teaching.

"SFA has a tradition of being 'the' teachers' college, as it began as a teachers' college and is one of the top universities for teacher education in Texas," Tareilo said. "We continue to mold our students to enter this profession and join in this tradition."

Senior education major Susan Cortez, a transfer student who completed her coursework online at SFA and plans to student teach world cultures at Birdville Independent School District, said she enjoyed attending the orientation because it brought her to campus where she was able to network with like-minded individuals.

"The information is wonderful and so helpful for student teaching," Cortez said. "It was great to come here and meet people who are doing the same program."

During the event, teacher candidates also met with their field supervisors and had the option to attend a résumé-writing workshop.