The need for recruiting the best and brightest to the teaching profession has been apparent since at least the early 1930s. Through various name changes and changes to the sponsoring organization, through disbanding and rebirth, the Future Educators Association fills an important role in the life of the United States by recruiting teachers to meet the need that has been recognized by presidents and leaders throughout the decades.
The Future Educators Association has existed under several names and has been sponsored by several organizations over the course of its history. The National Education Association founded the Future Teachers of America in 1937 to inspire young people to consider careers in education. That effort lasted until the early 1980s. By the end of the decade, the Association of Teacher Educators, under president Jan Towslee, took the lead to re-form a national organization for high school students interested in education and founded the Future Educators of America. In 1994, PDK International provided FEA with permanent headquarters, and in 2005, PDK changed the name to Future Educators Association to more accurately reflect the international nature of the organization.
Throughout its existence, more than 10 national education organizations have supported FEA, including the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Association of Teacher Educators, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Although FEA has had many homes and many names during its rich history, its purpose has remained largely the same: recruiting the best and most capable students and elevating the status of the profession. Read on to see how FEA has grown and changed through the decades.