[FEA] has allowed me to feel like I can make a difference in other people’s lives.
–Tiona Ramseur, Senior, Smyrna High School, Smyrna, Del.
The Future Educators Association (FEA) was a national student organization dedicated to supporting young people interested in studying education at college. It had a national community of more than 10,000 student and mentor participants in school-based, grow-your-own-teacher programs. Since over 60% of teachers teach within 20 miles of where they went to high school, every community has an interest in proactively recruiting and supporting their next generation of local educators.
Watch this 2014 video on what FEA looked like in one community in Delaware and why it mattered.
FEA was part of the Phi Delta Kappa International family of associations, which includes:
- Pi Lambda Theta, a collegiate honor society for aspiring educators
- PDK International, a professional association for educators with over 100 years of history, and publisher of the renowned Kappan magazine
FEA was a federally recognized Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). As the cocurricular component of state-recognized Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study, FEA enhanced the classroom experience for students enrolled in Education and Training career cluster programs. (Learn more about CTE and FEA programs of study.)
“The Future Educators Association is all about giving young people a truly authentic experience in trying out teaching.”
— Dan Brown, FEA Executive Director, National Board Certified Teacher
“Resources and policies do not have to be an obstacle when starting an FEA program — but you have to have really good people.”
— Debbie Wicks, Superintendent, Smyrna School District, Smyrna, Del.
“This experience has been so valuable — it changed my life. Before [participating in FEA], I wasn’t exactly sure I wanted to become a teacher, but this has definitely impacted my career, and I know for sure that this is the career for me.”
— Breanna Wharton, Senior, Smyrna High School, Smyrna, Del.