Club Profile: Elementary and Secondary Education Association

Plenty of students on campus study education and there are multiple education-related clubs; one of these clubs is the Elementary and Secondary Education Association. They host presentations geared toward education majors, but anyone is welcome to join.

“[The club] is definitely a great club to be a part of,” English and theatre double major freshman Hannah Laneuville said. “I made a lot of friends within the education major.”

Co-president childhood education major sophomore Eliana Bernard said that the club focuses on issues relevant to the education major, but the club can be useful for all majors. Meetings are generally structured around the club inviting professors from the department, according to Bernard. 

This club meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in South Hall 233. Presenters often come to club meetings to discuss education-related topics, such as how to dress inside of the schools and study abroad opportunities related to this major. 

“When I joined, I felt like it was just such a cool thing to be a part of and so informational. You learn so many things and you meet so many people and really make relationships and connections with those people and even professors after presentations,” Bernard said. “I’ve gone up to professors and asked them specific, personal questions and it’s just a great way to build those connections in the School of Ed while gaining so much information.”

The Elementary and Secondary Education Association is a great opportunity for education majors to go and learn lots of information while not having to fully commit to anything, since there is a different presentation every meeting. Students can also go up to the presenters after the meeting and ask any questions that they might have. This helps the students make connections with the professors on campus.  

 “We do a service project every semester, so this semester we wrote Valentine’s Day cards to kids in a hospital in Buffalo,” Bernard said. “We do something different every semester or we sometimes do two service projects, so that’s also a really cool way to give back and it’s also always education-related.” 

Anyone who is interested should stop by a meeting, as this club is a great way for education majors to meet new people, make connections with professors on campus and give back to the community.  

“I learned a lot of skills that would help me further my career in education and my studies in those classes,” Laneuville said.