USC Upstate News

Jesse Bobo Students Encouraged to Pursue Teaching Profession

12- 06- 2007

Jesse BoboElementarySpartanburg, S.C. – Twenty-five students from Jesse Bobo Elementary School were invited on a field trip on Tuesday, December 4 to the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate where they visited with the faculty and dean of the School of Education. The purpose of the trip was to introduce the students, many of them African-American, to the teaching profession which is historically under-represented by minorities in South Carolina.

The students were welcomed by Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education, and then heard an inspiring talk by Dr. Marilyn Izzard, director of the School of Education’s Sumter Campus program, in which she stressed the top ten reasons to go to college to become an educator. They include: making a difference in a student’s life, good working hours, being a positive role model, and the popular “summers off” perk. Afterwards, the students’ walking tour of the campus included stops to the library, the gym, student housing and bookstore.

“In South Carolina, the number of African-Americans receiving bachelor’s degrees in education has been continually low and now seems to be in a period of decline, coupled with the fact that many African-American teachers are retiring at a rate faster than they are being replaced,” says Dr. Love, citing figures released by the South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Assessment. “Our hope in inviting the children here to campus was to introduce or to reinforce the idea that teaching is a great profession with numerous benefits, and that USC Upstate is one avenue they may pursue to become a teacher.”

For further information, contact Dr. Charles Love at (864) 503-5560 or clove@uscupstate.edu.