High school student signs to local college for teaching


BLUEFIELD, VA (WVNS) — In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Bluefield College is honoring high school student, Jade Clyburn. She is interested in pursuing a career in teaching.

“I just think it’s crazy that there’s an academic signing when so often it’s athletics,” Clyburn said. 

Clyburn is a senior at Graham High School in Virginia. Her school had a signing Wednesday, May 9, not for athletic achievement, but so she could declare her intentions to study teacher education at Bluefield College.

“I really wanted to be a teacher because there’s so many other professions where you can help people, but teaching is you help younger people everyday,” Clyburn said. 

Bluefield College administrators said this week is the perfect time to shine a light on an outstanding student, and bring awareness to Virginia’s teacher recruitment issues.

“This moment illustrates how important it is to have teachers in the pipeline. I’m ready to fill the positions that are being vacated by our baby boomer generation,” Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Thomas Brewster, said. 

Brewster told 59 News, Virginia has seen an increase in vacant teacher positions across the state. The number of open positions has increased by 40 percent over the past 10 years from 760 to 1,080 unfilled teaching jobs. He said events like this allow them to highlight the importance of teacher recruitment, and draw attention to those that choose to teach the next generation.

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