Though national headlines warn of teacher shortages, the annual Teacher by Trine Education
Summit held at Trine University reflected a healthy interest in the profession among
A record 149 students attended on Sept. 23, representing high schools in Indiana,
Michigan and Ohio.
“As an educator, it is encouraging to see the passion for making a difference in the
lives of students that is demonstrated by the continued growth in the Teacher by Trine
event,” said Tony Kline, Ph.D., dean of the Franks School of Education at Trine University.
“Each year our students leave inspired, motivated and filled with knowledge about
the field of education,” said Kayla Monville, director for education professions at
the Branch Area Careers Center.
Monville brought 32 students to the event, including seven who attended for a second
“Trine’s education department does a fantastic job making students feel comfortable
on campus, inspiring them with a great motivational speaker, breakout sessions, filling
their bellies in the food court, and then leaving students with a feeling of appreciation,”
Indiana high schools represented at the event were: Angola High School, Carmel High
School, DeKalb High School, Fremont High School, Garrett High School, Heritage High
School, Homestead High School, Lakeland High School, Leo Junior-Senior High School,
New Haven High School, Northwood High School, Prairie Heights High School and Woodlan
Junior-Senior High School.
Michigan high schools in attendance were: Branch Area Careers Center, Bronson High
School, Caledonia High School, Coldwater Senior High School, Hackett Catholic Central
High School, Hillsdale Academy, Pansophia Academy, Pittsford Area High School Quincy
High School, South Lyon High School, Sturgis High School and Williamston High School.
Students from Edgerton, Hicksville and Montpelier high schools in Ohio also attended.
Teacher by Trine is designed for high school juniors and seniors who are considering
education as a career. The daylong event includes hands-on professional development
activities, breakout sessions led by Trine University education professors, a campus
tour, lunch and door prizes.
“Teacher by Trine offers not only practical skills, but discussion of the challenges
and joys of education by Trine faculty and education students,” said Kline. “By sharing
how they can become effective educators, we want to build on the love that students
already have for teaching."
Monville said in addition to providing “professional development on steroids” for
the high school students, Teacher by Trine also offers a more focused opportunity
to learn about the university.
“Students only have a few days to take for college tours and typically save these
for colleges a little further from home. Some students are unable to visit a college,”
she said. “This event allows students to get more than a typical college tour. They
receive individual attention, get to meet the professors, and interact with students
on campus. They also get a glimpse of the higher education they will receive from
The education summit is part of continued efforts by the Franks School of Education
at Trine University to meet the growing need for skilled teachers throughout northeast
Indiana and beyond. With its numbers growing more than 180% over the past six years
despite teacher education enrollment declining nationally, Trine has boasted 100 percent
employment for its teacher education majors for more than a decade.
Photos: Top, 32 students from Branch Area Careers Center participated in Trine University's
Teacher by Trine event on Sept. 23.
Right, Angola High School students interested in teaching careers pose with Trine
University mascot Storm at the university's Teacher by Trine event on Sept. 23.
Last Updated: 10/05/2022