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2007

FMU to host Teacher Cadet College Day, Oct. 29

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will host 184 Teacher Cadets from 15 area high schools for Teacher Cadet College Day, Monday, Oct. 29.

The guest speaker will be Ann Marie Taylor, the 2008 South Carolina Teacher of the Year and FMU alum. For the past three years, Taylor has taught self-contained special education classes (EMD), grades kindergarten through fifth at Pine Tree Hill Elementary School in Kershaw County. This year, she became a National Board candidate.

Taylor attended FMU from 1999-2001 and received a master’s degree in teaching, learning disabilities. She received additional certification in teaching students with mental disabilities as well. From 1993-1997, she attended Saginaw Valley State University and received a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and criminal justice.

Twice each year, the FMU School of Education sponsors a College Day, when cadets visit campus to meet other cadets from the area and get a taste of university life at FMU.

These cadets will have FMU ID cards made, take a tour of the Rogers Library with the reference staff, tour the Hewn-Timber Cabins, and take a tour of the campus, all to acquaint them with FMU facilities, programs, and services available to them as members of the FMU family. The students will also participate in a group activity with FMU Education Professor Dr. Sharon Moore Askins and hear presentations about early childhood education and financial aid.

In addition, Taylor will present a session titled “Celebrating Strengths” to a smaller group later in the day.

Participating high schools are: Aynor, C.E. Murray, Hannah-Pamplico, Hartsville, Kingstree Senior, Lakewood, Lamar, Manning, Marion, Marlboro, Mayo, Mullins, South Florence, Timmonsville and West Florence.

High-achieving high school juniors and seniors with an interest in becoming educators can apply to South Carolina’s Teacher Cadet Program. The Teacher Cadet Program is an introduction to the teaching profession. Its main purpose is to encourage students who possess a high level of academic achievement and the personality traits found in good teachers to consider teaching as a career.

For additional information, contact Askins at 843-661-1490 or saskins@fmarion.edu.

#65 / 10-24-07
Last Published: October 24, 2007 2:43 PM
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