Southeast Missouri State University student Bailey Kralemann of Cape Girardeau recently was appointed the student representative to the Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation and will participate in her first meeting Sept. 20.
Kralemann, a junior early childhood education major who also is pursuing an autism certificate, will serve alongside university deans and professors, and Missouri teachers and school district employees. Members advise the state board of education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to improve the quality of teacher preparation in Missouri.
“I think that the student representative position is extremely important,” Kralemann said.
She said what while all members of the advisory board must have experience with a college of education program, she is actually living the experience as a current college student pursuing an education major.
“As the student representative, I want to help them understand what is happening in the program through the eyes of a student,” she said.
Kralemann said the scores and requirements for the Missouri General Education Assessment (MOGEA), Missouri Content Assessment (MOCA) and Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA), certification exams required of education majors in Missouri, are all addressed by the Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparedness.
“I had experienced the highs and lows from everything in the program,” Kralemann said. “I want to share those experiences with the group to give them a better idea of how the programs are for the students in them. I really want to stay informed throughout my time as a student representative. I am not just there to talk, but also there to listen. I want to hear about the teacher education programs from all over Missouri and how the different subjects like MoPTA are affecting them.
“I think it is important to listen to the others’ opinions and thought in order to have a well-rounded idea of the subjects,” she added. “I am really excited to be involved with the Board because I will be able to stay up to date with everything in education that is happening in my state, and even better, I can give input as well.”
Over the summer, Kralemann accompanied Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson, dean of the Southeast College of Education, to Washington, D.C., to attend a “Day on the Hill.” This event was presented by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).
“It was a full day for students and educators from different states to go to the capital building and talk to their senators and representative about what is going on with education in their state,” Kralemann said. “Through this experience, I learned that there is much more going on behind the scenes of education.
“Being a current student, I was able to talk about my personal experiences with the education program in Missouri. I am a person that likes to talk, so when I get to speak on a subject that I know and am passionate about, I love it,” she said. “All this was on the national level, which was awesome, but I wanted to see how I could become more involved on a state level.”
She said Rogers-Adkinson and Alexander Cuenca, a professor at Saint Louis University, suggested she consider applying for the student representative position on the Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation.
“They knew of the recent opening for the student representative, and from there I knew that I wanted that position,” Kralemann said.
At Southeast, Kralemann is a College of Education Student Ambassador; member of the Student Missouri State Teacher Association (SMSTA); secretary for ASCD: Teachers of Tomorrow; publicity chair for Kappa Delta Pi, the education honors society; and a student ambassador with the Office of Admissions.