ACES students in a huddleACES is a 4-year scholar program for future teachers focusing on mentoring, leadership, service, and personal and professional development.

Members are active participants and leaders within the Appalachian Educators Club, in addition to a wide variety of campus activities. The ACES program provides a sense of camaraderie for future educators that promotes a passion for teaching. ACES students participate in service projects and attend professional development on campus. 

 Here are some highlights of the program:

The Freshman Experience

  • Easy move-in day at the Living Learning Center with the help of upperclassmen
  • Freshmen Retreat to build community before classes start
  • Mentor program to help with everything from getting books to discovering Boone & the High Country
  • Seminar on Teacher Leadership  course

The Sophomore Experience

  • Mentor incoming students
  • Visit inner-city schools in our nation's capitol, Washington D.C.

The Junior Experience

  • Service day dedicated to helping schools in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Resume workshops 

The Senior Experience

  • Ocracoke Island Retreat for professional development enrichment at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement for Teaching (NCCAT)
  • Correspond with a professional mentor

Have questions about the ACES program? Email Jan Stanley at