Ashton Sandman of Beatrice, a recent graduate of Beatrice High School, is among 40 students selected to join the inaugural cohort of the Teachers Scholars Academy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall. Sandman plans to be an inclusive early childhood education major.

The academy, funded by a donation from the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation, was created to grow the teacher workforce in Nebraska and address a possible teacher shortage.

"This is an incredible group of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will help shape each other's learning about society and education throughout their four years in the academy," said Braden Foreman, academy coordinator at Nebraska.

Foreman will lead the academy and serve as an advocate and mentor for the scholars.

"This group represents some of the most promising future educators with already ample experience working with youth," he said. "I am excited to see how they progress through the academy and into their careers of working with people and their respective communities."

The Teachers Scholars Academy at Nebraska aims to expose future teachers to Nebraska's schools, communities and changing demographics through experiential learning opportunities. Scholars will become innovative practitioners, ready to empower communities.

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