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Teacher Cadet

Congratulations to Mrs. Jane Sligh, Teacher Cadet Instructor for Hartsville High School in Hartsville, SC.  Mrs. Sligh was elected to a three year term on the CERRA Advisory Board to represent Region 4 of South Carolina.

Mrs. Beth Hinson of Dillon High has been named as mentor liason teacher for Region 4 teacher cadet instructors.

Teacher Cadets Matthew Woodward of Conway High School and Ansley Newell of West Florence High School won first and second prize in the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty Essay Contest held during Spring 2012.  First prize, awarded to Mr. Woodward, was a $200 cash award, while second prize, a cash award of $150, was given to Ms. Newell.  Congratulations to both of these Teacher Cadets for their outstanding essays!

A Teacher Cadet Teaching Scholarship of $5,000.00 was given to Kristina Chandler from West Florence High School


During the 2011-2012 school year, the FMU School of Education serves as the college partner for 19 area high school Teacher Cadet classes.  Teacher Cadets must be high school juniors or seniors, have a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4 point scale, be enrolled in a college prepatory curriculum, submit essays on why they want to be in the Teacher Cadet class, and be recommended in writing by five instructors.

In addition to receiving honors credit for the Teacher Cadet class at their high school, these students are also concurrently enrolled at Francis Marion University and receive three semester hours of college credit for EDUC 190, "The Student, The School, and The Community."  Ms. June Strickland, Teacher Cadet Coordinator for the School of Education, visits each Teacher Cadet class during the year for a special presentation to each cadet class.  Ms. Nancy Townsend and Ms. Donna Davis assist with administrative duties and event planning that contribute to the success of the program. FMU Admissions counselors also visit each Teacher Cadet class during the year.  In addition to registering the Cadets for their university credit hours, the Admissions counselors also answer questions regarding college admission in general, financial aid processes and opportunities, and advantages of attending FMU.

We currently partner with the following area high schools:




Aynor High School


Ms. Tamria Jamison

C. E. Murray High School


Ms. Vera Johnson

Creek Bridge High School


Mr. Jimmy Boatwright

Crestwood High School


Ms. Patricia Neal

Darlington High School


 Ms. Vickie Longo

Dillon High School


Ms. Beth Hinson

East Clarendon High School


 Mrs. Karen Creech

Hartsville High School


 Ms. Jane A. Sligh

Hemingway High School


Ms. Philisa Boykin

Kingstree Senior High School


Ms. Barbara Chandler

Lakewood High School


Ms. Lisa Sanderson

Marion High School


Ms. Arnetha Davis

Marlboro County High School


Ms.Penny Oxendine

Mayo High School for Math, Science, & Technology


 Ms. Jennifer Blankenship

Mullins High School


Ms. Erika Draper

South Florence High School


 Mr. Ross Hill

Timmonsville High School


Ms. Connie Thomas

West Florence High School


Ms. Martha Strait

Wilson High School


Ms. Lenora Rivers Davis


The highlight of each semester for Teacher Cadets and their instructors is College Day, a fun-filled day of activities on the Francis Marion campus and a special luncheon in their honor.  On College Day, Cadets have their FMU identification cards made, tour various parts of the campus, and participate in group activities.  The current SC Teacher of the Year always serves as the main speaker for the opening session.

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