A Greenville Senior High Teacher Cadet created this awesome math manipulative to help teach the concept of greater than and less than! Nothing better than a little fun and food while learning math skills!
All treats and no tricks! Crescent High School Teacher Cadets made treats to give to their teachers to thank them for all they do.
BY ANGELA EATON
The Spartanburg High School Teacher Cadets were asked to assist with Mary H. Wright Elementary's Colonial Day. They were in charge of various activity stations including jewelry making, hunting (using a bow and arrow), candle making, punched-tin crafting, and butter making. They also were in charge of the one-room schoolhouse lessons. The Cadets enjoyed working with the 3rd graders of MHW, and they hope to return soon for more special learning opportunities!
Greer Middle College Teacher Cadets' big books captivate the attention of Brushy Creek Elementary students!
BY TODD SCHOLL
Mauldin High School hosted the 10th annual iTEACH conference for Teacher Cadets statewide. Four hundred aspiring teachers attended workshops, met with college advisors and learned strategies for fun in the classroom. What a great tool for recruiting the next generation of educators!
Crescent High Teacher Cadets are finding great value in the Teacher Cadet program! The curriculum, alone, is a treat! But, a special visitation from SCTOY, Jeff Maxey is icing on the cake!
Anderson University's College Day also left a lasting impression on Crescent High Teacher Cadets. Students enjoyed the tours led by current Teaching Fellows and student ambassadors, opportunities to network over a Chic-Fil-A lunch, and engage in discussion during the student-led Q/A panel. To top it off, they had the opportunity to meet Troy the Trojan!
BY KAREN PACK
Teacher Cadets instructors met at USC-Aiken on August 10, to plan for the upcoming year. Dr. Timothy Lintner surprised the instructors with a few goodies to kick off the year. Thank you to Dr. Lintner and the entire USC-Aiken community for embracing the Teacher Cadets program. We appreciate your support as a College Partner!
BY KAREN PACK
It is heartwarming to read this reflection from one of Ms. Anne Ledford's former students at Fort Mill High School. Congratulations, Ms. Ledford, CERRA is so proud of your contributions to the teaching profession!
The following is Sarah Foster's reflection of how Ms. Ledford played a pivotal role in shaping who she is today. Sarah serves as a School Counselor at North Central Middle School in Kershaw County.
I have literal tears of excitement in my eyes for Ms. Anne Ledford this morning!
I have known Ms. Ledford my entire life, as she worked closely with both of my parents. I grew up running around her house at Christmas parties and other events that she regularly hosted for her coworkers and their families. I listened to her brag on her Teacher Cadets and always knew I wanted to be one of them. I sat with her most Friday nights through elementary school as we would sell football tickets at the visitor’s gate, and would hear stories of her classes and watch as so many former students came to hug her and thank her. The impact she had on her students and her love of her job is one of the main reasons I grew up wanting to be a teacher (don’t tell my parents!).
As I entered high school, I was fortunate enough to have her as my Pre-calculus teacher and she (along with Mrs. Dockery) helped me realize I wanted to teach math (which didn’t pan out but was a good stepping stone), as I watched her make the subject interesting and more importantly listen to and mentor all of us students. She was ALWAYS there when you needed to vent, or cry, or celebrate! Senior year I finally got to be one of the long awaited Teacher Cadets and I learned so much about education, but also myself in that class. She’s also the one that spoke to be about the Teaching Fellows program, which not only gave me scholarship money, but helped me decide on my college and led me to make lifelong friends and mentors.
As I started my education program, she was the teacher I thought about when they would say to think of a great teacher. She helped me decide to switch from elementary to middle level (probably the best choice of my life) and without knowing it shaped my educational philosophy. Even now, as I work with my students, I often think about the impact she had on me and my classmates, and strive to create those same relationships.
There is no teacher that is more deserving to be granted an opportunity like this and to be able to fulfill such a big dream! Ms. Ledford, thank you SO MUCH for all you’ve done for me and all you continue to do for your students every day! I hope you have a blast on your trip! Love you!
Ms. Ledford is one of the Fort Mill School District's treasures. This video from FMHS is one you won't want to miss!
BY ARTHUR L. PINCKNEY
Eau Claire High School was the host for the first Annual Richland One Teacher Cadet Banquet. All High Schools recognized one student as the “Outstanding Teacher Cadet” of the year. Dr. Stephanie Hart, Teacher Cadet Coordinator for the District also recognized the instructors. The High Schools represented were Columbia, Dreher, Eau Claire, A.C. Flora, C.A. Johnson, Keenan and Lower Richland.
BY TODD SCHOLL
The Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship, named in memory of Dr. Ken Bower, an architect of the original Teacher Cadet course and curriculum, is awarded each year to senior Teacher Cadets who intend to become a classroom teacher in one of South Carolina's many public schools.
“The recipients of the Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship are the quintessence of excellence, and we look forward to welcoming these aspiring future teachers to South Carolina's cadre of exemplary classroom teachers,” notes Marcella Wine-Snyder, Program Director for the Teacher Cadet Program. “For over thirty years now, South Carolina’s Teacher Cadet Program has sought to grow its own stellar teachers by establishing a pipeline of well-qualified potential educators comprised of the state's best and brightest students. For some time now, education policy analysts and demographers have alluded to impending teacher shortages at an alarming rate, and homegrown teacher recruitment strategies and efforts like the Teacher Cadet Program represent our best hope for averting a more substantial one.Without great teachers, our state's goal of providing high quality schools—for all children, in all neighborhoods--will never materialize.”
Teacher Cadet instructors receive notification of the call for applications early each calendar year and all senior Teacher Cadets are eligible to apply. Thanks to the generosity of silent auction "shoppers" at two CERRA conferences and other donors who support the Teacher Cadet program, 2018 recipients will receive a one-time award of $1,000. The award is mailed directly to the recipient's college before August 1 and is applied to his or her account. Awards are determined based on the merits of scholarship, teacher recommendations, and a written essay. The Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarship is not "needs-based" and does not rely on the financial information of the Teacher Cadet’s family. Teaching Fellows may also be recipients of the Ken Bower Scholarship.
2018 Ken Bower Scholarship Recipients
Hannah is a senior at J.L. Mann High School and will be attending Clemson University as an early childhood education major in the fall. She is very involved at her school as a mentor with the special education students and a member of National Technical Honor Society, National Honor Society, FCA, and Key Club. Hannah’s passion is working with children, and she already works with kids in the after school program at an elementary school. By becoming a teacher, Hannah hopes that she can inspire children to love learning and make a lasting impact on their education.
Lydia is a senior at Mauldin High School and will be attending Charleston Southern University where she plans to study English Education to become a high school English teacher. She is a Teacher Cadet as well as a Teaching Fellow. She wants to teach high school English because of her love for learning, teaching, reading, and writing. She is passionate about education and cannot wait to have a classroom of her own!
Sarah Gibson is a senior at Powdersville High School. She serves as the treasurer for Student Government, the community coordinator for National Honors Society, and has participated in Beta club for many years. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She plans to continue her education in the fall at Clemson University. She will be an Early Childhood Education major with a minor in either Psychology or Special Education. After college, she plans to become a Kindergarten teacher.
Olivia James, an aspiring secondary level mathematics teacher, will attend Furman University this fall. She will graduate second in her class. Along with her academic success, she has been a part of many extracurricular activities including clubs such as National Honor Society, Beta Club, Students in Action, and Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica. She has exercised leadership skills as vice president in National Honor Society, percussion captain for several years in the Travelers Rest Band, and as a mentor for students both in school and at her church, Marietta First Baptist. She discovered that teaching is her passion through experience in tutoring, leading day camps, and the Teacher Cadet program.
Kaicee will be graduating from York Comprehensive High School in York, SC. She is president of Mu Alpha Theta and an active member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Teacher Cadet National Honor Society, and French Honor Society. She is also a member of the Varsity Cheer Team and volunteer with the school’s media specialist at after school events. She will be attending Clemson University in the Fall to major in either Secondary Education with a focus in math or pursue an Elementary Education degree. She has been preparing for this career by volunteering to tutor students within her school district and being a part of the Teacher Cadet Program.