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News Release: Educators Rising Announces National Student Cabinet

July 01, 2016


Arlington, Va., July 1, 2016 — Today, Educators Rising announced its National Student Cabinet for the 2016–2017 school year.

Two officers were elected by Educators Rising student members in May 2016. Cassey Hall is a rising senior at Petal High School in Petal, Miss., and Jordyn Kuemerle is a rising senior at Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio.

The other two cabinet members were appointed by PDK International Chief Executive Officer Joshua P. Starr. Aaron Romo is a rising senior at Southwest High School in San Antonio, Texas, and Tyler Jones just graduated from Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, Va.

Educators Rising Co-Director Dan Brown said, “Elevating student voice is the heart of Educators Rising. The four amazing rising educators in the National Student Cabinet are already tremendous ambassadors for the future of the teaching profession, and I can’t wait to collaborate with them and see their leadership grow over the coming year."

The four cabinet members will serve a one-year term, during which they will:

  • Serve as representatives of the organization at local, state, and national events
  • Attend message and branding training at the Educators Rising national office in Arlington, Va.
  • Participate in speaking and writing opportunities, as well as social media engagement
  • Collaborate successfully on a professional team that includes Educators Rising staff

The goal of Educators Rising is to attract promising students to pursue education-related careers and to help them develop the skills and strong leadership traits that are found in high-quality educators. In addition to providing students with valuable leadership opportunities, the National Student Cabinet is an important way for Educators Rising to include student voices in key decisions about the direction of the organization.


About Educators Rising

Educators Rising — powered by PDK International — is transforming how America develops aspiring teachers. Starting with high school students, we provide passionate young people with hands-on teaching experience, sustain their interest in the profession, and help them cultivate the skills they need to be successful educators. The result is a pipeline of accomplished teachers who are positioned to make a lasting difference — not only in the lives of their students, but also in the field of teaching more broadly. Learn more at