Signing Day for Houston County seniors entering education field

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WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It is Georgia Future Educators Signing Day, and the Houston County Career Academy (HCCA) is participating by honoring graduating seniors in the Teaching as a Profession (TAAP) program.

Similar to athletic signing events, students are recognized for their commitment to a college to pursue a degree in the field of education.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, recognition was conducted virtually through a special video prepared by HCCA TAAP teacher, Erin Morton. The video shows each students’ accomplishments and career choices.

Students who have successfully completed the TAAP classes and passed the end-of-pathway assessment will be presented a certificate and a medal. These students will also earn three college credits.

The following seniors completed the required course work, completed an internship and passed the end-of-pathway assessment:

  • Perry High – Jahnyiah Davis, Shayna Gordon, Tionna Kendrick, Jaylah Jones
  • Veterans High – Aaliyah Daniels, Shaniyah Franklin, Kira Wallace, Raychel Witmer
  • Warner Robins High – Christina Dokey, Che’Yona Gordon and Aneesa Nelson

The following seniors participated in the program and completed the required course work:

  • Houston County High – Grace Slane, Rinko Nagura
  • Perry High – Shadyn Noles, Heather Taylor, Ty Taylor
  • Veterans High – Madison Bailey, Logan Cook and Kayla Lavender

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Shelby Coates is an evening anchor/producer at 41NBC News. She anchors the 5, 5:30, and 6 evening newscasts. She also works behind the scenes producing the 5:00pm and managing newsroom assignments. She returns to 41NBC after working in Evansville, Indiana as the Morning/Noon Anchor and Executive Producer for WEVV. Shelby also spent time in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she spent three years anchoring and producing the weekend morning newscasts at WSPA-TV. She also worked as a general assignment reporter, receiving several honors for her investigative and consumer reporting. Shelby has spent time working as a news anchor/reporter in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Macon, Georgia; and Abilene, Texas. Shelby is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in sociology. Shelby has a passion for empowering local communities, church ministry, public speaking, strengthening women and mentoring young people.