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March 21, 2023

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is partnering with Emporia State University (ESU) to inspire and encourage local students to pursue a future in teaching. The Buzz into Education Conference will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in JCCC’s Regnier Center.

With more than 75% of U.S. states experiencing teacher shortages, the goal of this event is to promote the field of education and attract potential future educators.

The conference is designed to grow JCCC’s partnership with ESU in primary and secondary education. More than 300 students will be in attendance from metro and surrounding school districts, including:

  • Blue Valley
  • Olathe
  • Shawnee Mission
  • DeSoto
  • Lawrence
  • Topeka
  • Gardner-Edgerton
  • Kansas City, Kansas
  • Piper-Kansas City
  • Bonner Springs-Edwardsville
  • Baldwin City
  • Auburn-Washburn
  • Basehor-Linwood
  • Lansing
  • Leavenworth
  • Louisburg
  • Eudora
  • Turner-Kansas City 

Teachers, administrators and local educators will lead informative breakout sessions for students throughout the day. Speakers include:

  • Todd Dain, Principal, Shawnee Mission South High School
  • Anthony Lewis, Superintendent, Lawrence Public Schools
  • Shelly Beech, Leadership Coach, UMKC Plus
  • Beryl New, Director of Certified Personnel and Equity Council, Topeka Public Schools
  • Mel Tinjaca, President/CEO of Childhood Today
  • Amy Hillman, Recruiting Liaison, Olathe Public Schools
  • April Sutherland, HR Director of Elementary/Early Childhood, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
  • JCCC and ESU faculty members, professors and student teachers
Students will also have an opportunity to meet with JCCC academic counselors and tour our campus.