Message from FEA@FIU
Hello future educators! Thank you very much for visiting our site and for your interest in our organization.
FEA is a diverse and inclusive community that shares a passion for changing the lives of youth through education. We want to support future teachers within all fields and subject areas. We present opportunities to network with students, faculty, and leaders at FIU and in the community with the goal of advancing professional opportunities. It is our priority to assure our members feel welcomed as part of our organization and grow together!
Join us in PantherConnect https://fiu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/future-educators-association
We can’t wait to share all that we have in store for you, and we hope to see you very soon.
We’d love to hear from you! If you have any questions or would like to reach out, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Board Members
Mary Beth Abril
Hello! My name is Mary Beth Abril, and I will be your FEA President for the 2023-24 academic year. I am a senior here at FIU, studying English Education and I am very excited to be serving as president as I am dedicated to fostering an inclusive community through captivating events that drive personal and professional growth. Let's embark on an exciting journey of collaboration, innovation, and impactful connections that shape the future of education. Join me in making this academic year extraordinary as we inspire the next generation of educators and create a lasting legacy within FEA at FIU!
Hi! My name I Jennifer Rodriguez and I am a Junior majoring in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in education. I am an older sister that loves to cook and crochet when I’m not focused on school and work. After I graduate, I hope to start teaching while I earn my masters in School Counseling and Mental Health counseling. I hope to teach middle school or high school math because I am a total math nerd.
My name is Aiyanna Pontes, and I am the Secretary for the 2023-2024 FEA Executive Board. I am currently a senior working towards my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and I have worked in a children's setting for almost ten years. I have a passion for teaching, and I hope to become an impactful future educator with the goal of assuring that students have successful futures and become leaders themselves as they grow up. With that being said, I plan to seek my master’s degree after I graduate from a university out of state, and eventually become a second-grade teacher in an elementary school, working my way up to a school principal or potentially opening my own school.
My name is Melissa Montoya, am I am currently an Elementary Education major. My passion for being an educator started by volunteering at an elementary school after-school care program, and one of the most rewarding experiences was the opportunity to witness the transformation that takes place in students as they acquire new knowledge and skills, which inspire me to become an educator. I have an eagerness to explore and understand new concepts, ideas, and skills to expand my knowledge, but also to share my knowledge with other individuals to contribute to their growth and empowerment. My goal after graduating from FIU is to be part of the Miami-Dade Public Schools system and be an educator for an Elementary School. I am excited to be part of the FEA and embark on a new and rewarding experience.
Hi! My name is Carla Mendez. I was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and am currently a sophomore here at FIU. I am majoring in Digital Communications and Media and aspire to be a journalist. In this position, I will strive to further develop marketing strategies and do my part to ensure the success of our organization's goals. I am very excited and am looking forward to all the wonderful experiences we will have this year!
My name is Claudia Page and I am the faculty advisor for the Future Educators Association. As a two-time Panther and former middle school math teacher, I have a deep commitment to FIU and to the teaching profession. I earned my master’s degree from the College of Education in 2013 and my bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication in 1995. In my roles as the Director of the Secondary Education Programs, Adjunct Instructor in Mathematics Education and FEA Faculty Advisor in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, I love spending time working with students who are learning the art of teaching and developing into highly-skilled and effective teachers. I am looking forward to a successful and productive year with FEA and what we can achieve together toward realizing our mission!