The National Council of Teachers of English at Colorado State University (NCTE@CSU) is a non-profit, student-run organization on campus for teacher education students of all content areas. As a professional organization NCTE@CSU provides its members with informative and education-based information through the form of monthly meetings, where they invite professionals in the education system, including student teachers, principals and other administrative staff, and seasoned teachers, to share their expertise with NCTE@CSU membership.


This organization is designed to:

  • Provide future educators with a real look into what teaching is like today
  • Assist in providing needed prior to applying for jobs
  • Expose you to new political and career knowledge beyond what you learn in your CSU courses


It’s a safe and great place for future educators to meet one another, ask questions, get answers, and network with education professionals in the surrounding districts!


We firmly believe that NCTE@CSU is first and foremost a community so. . .EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

  • NCTE@CSU is a FREE opportunity for all those to attend!
  • Dinner is also provided at no cost thanks to local sponsors! HELLO, FREE DINNER!!!
  • Though there are no requirements to be a member of NCTE@CSU, we will be doing community and fundraising events throughout the year! They are going to be fun!!!
  • NCTE@CSU is an organization that provides you with a ton of resources without taking up a ton of your time!
  • We meet on Wednesday evenings once a month from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm (It may end earlier).
  • That is only between 3 and 4 meetings a semester.
  • NCTE@CSU looks amazing on your resume!


NCTE@CSU President Emily Rice had this to say about the Meet & Greet session that took place September 7:

Our meet and greet went very well! We had an excellent turnout and a great mix of content areas. As you may or may not know, NCTE@CSU is an organization for pre-service teachers from all content areas, not just English. At the meet and greet we had English, Science (Biology), Art, History, and Early Childhood Education content area teachers.

We began by enjoying some yummy snacks and mingling with one another to learn about each other. Then we introduced our newest officers, talked about our upcoming meetings, fundraisers, and community and university outreach events. We turned this informational portion into an activity, which resulted in people getting fun prizes which were donated by the English Department, the School of Education, and the Center for Educator Preparation. Lastly, we all did a little social media activity where we all wrote on little word bubbles why we want to be teachers–we used the hashtag #WhyITeach. This activity came from the teachers2teachers website.

I think it’s most important for English majors of all majors to know that that they are welcome to come to our meetings if they are going to become educators, if they have children in schools, and/or if they are interested in education as a whole. We welcome everyone! We are a very friendly group of people who love it meet new people. We are always wanting to meet new faces in new content areas and passions.

We ultimately had about 20 people come to the meet and greet, but we just know there will be a higher turn out for the informational meetings which begin on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:00 PM in Eddy 106; our first meeting is on Hot Topic in Education — Before the Common Core, Charter Schools, and Education and the Election.

Upcoming NCTE@CSU Events

Hot Topix: “Before the Core;” “To Charter or Not to Charter;” “Ain’t No Party Like a Political Party: Education & the Election”
Pick two hot topics in education and take part in the conversation
Eddy 106
Wednesday, September 21 – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Mock Interviews
Take part in a mock interview and learn all of the insider tips to resumes, interviews, and expectations. Note: a $5 deposit is required to partake in an interview. This deposit will be returned on the day of the Mock Interviews
Eddy 106
Wednesday, October 19 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

NCTE@CSU Mythbusters Presents: Learnings Styles: Fact or Flop?
Are learning styles a real thing or just a myth? Listen to a cognitive psychologists’ theory on learning styles, and learning and memory
Eddy 106
Wednesday, November 30 – 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Fundraising and Other NCTE@CSU Events

Airing of “Screenagers” and a Panel
LSC Theater
September 28, 2016
Time TBA
Sponsored by CSU School of Education & Mountain Sage Community Schools
SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

Barnes and Noble Gift Wrapping and Book Talk
Fort Collins Barnes and Noble
Date and Times TBA (but anticipate early December)

2016-2017 NCTE@CSU Officers

Emily Rice

President, Emily Rice: Emily is in her final year of the Master’s program in English Education; graduating in Spring 2017 She partakes in WWII living history, avidly keeps her fat cat happy (for fear of her hanger), is old enough to have gone to every Harry Potter midnight release, and loves spending time with friends!




Mary Collins

Interim Vice President, Mary Collins: Mary is a senior English Education student with a minor in Anthropology due to graduate in May of 2017. She is a proud Hufflepuff who enjoys cozy coffee shops and crazy concerts. The Hamilton soundtrack always brings her bliss.





Swally Yarrington

Secretary, Swally Yarrington: Swally is senior English Education and Creative Writing major, graduating in Fall of 2017. When not teaching or studying, he divides his time between writing, reading, day dreaming, and scavenging through used bookstores.





Nate Sloat

Treasurer, Nate Sloat: Nate is a History and Economics major, and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2017. He is originally from the Seattle area and is a huge Seattle sports fan. Nate also enjoys cross country skiing and trail running.





Avery Jones
Avery Jones

Interim Marketing Coordinator, Avery Jones: Avery is a 3rd year English Education and Literature student, planning to graduate in the Spring of 2018. She loves playing tennis and being outside in sun. Furry friends and sing-along songs bring out Avery’s inner second-grader. Avery is a big supporter of the Oxford comma and Harry Potter.






Faculty Sponsor and President Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor: Cindy O’Donnell-Allen,
Current President: Emily Rice,

Snapchat: ncte_csu
Text reminders: Text @nctec to 81010