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CHARLESTON -- Dwayne Reed, a Chicago teacher hailing from Eastern Illinois University who made a name for himself with a viral back-to-class video for his students, will be returning to campus to instill advice on soon-to-be teachers. 

Reed will be speaking on his first year as a teacher as well as touch on tips on "how to survive your first year teaching," according to a flier for the event. 

The seminar, organized by the EIU's Student Education Association, is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Buzzard Auditorium at Buzzard Hall.  

"Reed will share some of his crazy ideas, and some of the experiences that helped him survive his first go-'round at things," according to the flier.  

Olivia Crank, SEA president, said this will be the last speaker of the year for the organization, and the group thought it would be good to bring in a well-known EIU alum to finish out the year. 

Reed found viral success with the release of his educational music video, "Welcome to the 4th Grade" in 2016 and later appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, and MTV's TRL. It was his first year teaching and the video was intended as a unique way to welcome students back, and it has spread since with more than million views on YouTube. Since, he has created more videos in the same vein.  

The event is geared toward those in education, but it is open to the public, Crank said. 

SEA is a pre-professional organization of undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education. 

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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter


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