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.

The purposes of this organization are:

  • to create a community among future teachers of literacy;
  • to help develop professional attitudes, standards, and awareness of current issues within the profession through meetings, discussions, lectures, and publications. (e.g., electronic newsletters, journals, blogs, and professional speakers);
  • to encourage inquiry and research in literacy teaching;
  • to enhance ties between pre-service students and the professional education community; and
  • to engage in service projects supporting the above purposes.


NCTE@CSU Officers

Please note: Three NCTE@CSU officers (the President, Vice President, and Secretary) will be student teaching in the Fall so NCTE@CSU will be holding elections for all five positions at the last meeting of the year.

Anton Gerth: President — Anton Gerth is currently in the MA English Education program. He is teaching as a GTA for CO150. His interests include Professional Development through critical immersion.“My favorite event is the Mock Interviews held in March. It is fantastic to speak directly with a principal, ask questions, and receive immediate feedback. It has changed the way I present myself in an interview and I have reformatted my resume to meet the needs of the profession. I recommend it to every student no matter where they are at in their academic career.” Anton will be going on to student teach in Germany Fall 2015.Contact info: Anton.Gerth@colostate.edu
belleBelle Kraxberger: Vice President – Belle is currently a BA English Education. Her interests include literature and critical thinking.“I really enjoyed attending the Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS) conference in October. My experience with NCTE@CSU has made me more aware and up to date on many of the topics discussed over the course of the weekend, despite only being a preservice teacher. In general, I like being knowledgeable about subjects such as PARCC and Senate bill 191. I’m typically ahead of the curve compared to my classmates because of NCTE@CSU.” She will be student teaching Fall 2015.
alexAlex Andrews: Secretary – Alex is currently a BA English Education. He likes to write novels in his spare time. His favorite quote is “Never laugh at a live dragon” because he believes teaching is like laughing at a live dragon.Alex joined NCTE 3 years ago. And his favorite thing about NCTE is “the fellowship and willingness of the members to share their knowledge with each other.” He will be student teaching Fall 2015.
emilyEmily Rice: Marketing Coordinator – Emily is currently in the MA English Education program. Her interests include Adolescent Literature, Writing, and brain-based and cognitive learning.“I joined NCTE@CSU when I moved here from Minnesota in January 2014. I have learned so much in this one year of meetings, and I am so appreciative of this knowledge. The speakers are so insightful into the world of education, and the members of the organization have become my friends, as well as a valuable resource for my professional development.” Emily will be student teaching Spring 2017.
jennaJenna Franklin: Treasurer – Jenna is currently in the MA English Education program. She is a current GTA teaching College Composition 150.“I joined NCTE@CSU because I am interested in improving my professional teaching knowledge and I want to make connections with professionals in the field. Last semester, I had the opportunity to attend the Colorado Language Arts Society (CLAS) conference in Golden, CO with members of NCTE and Dr. Pam Coke. This was an incredibly fun and inspirational introduction into the world of teaching secondary English in Colorado, an experience every English teacher in Colorado should have!” Jenna will be student teaching Spring 2017.
pamPam Coke: Faculty Sponsor — Dr. Pam Coke Is a former middle school English Teacher. She has been teaching at CSU for 13 years. In addition to teaching, she enjoys reading, running, and cooking.Contact info: Pamela.Coke@colostate.edu



Recently, NCTE@CSU held a mock interview event. Speakers included current administrators from neighboring school districts. Mock interviews were held for those looking to gain some experience, practice and advice from current administrators from local school districts. The event was also a great opportunity to ask questions.


NCTE@CSU’s next event, “The Private, Charter, and Alternative Perspective,” is Wednesday, April 22nd 5:30-6:30 pm in Clark C360. Speakers will include current teachers from a Private, Charter and Alternative school, and will be discussing their experiences as educators outside the Public School perspective. This event is free.

Please note: at this final meeting of the year, elections will be held for anyone interested in becoming an officer of NCTE@CSU. Those interested need to email Pam and Anton (Pamela.Coke@colostate.eduand Anton.Gerth@colostate.edu) with their name, the position they are interested in, and what they can bring to that position and to NCTE@CSU.


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