FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will host 108 Teacher Cadets from nine area high schools for Teacher Cadet College Day, Wednesday, March 21.
The guest speaker will be Jennifer Murphy, a fifth grade teacher at Irmo Elementary School in Lexington/Richland School District 5 and the 2006-07 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.
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 Teacher Cadets are among the brightest high school juniors and seniors, and Teacher Cadet College Day allows them to experience the opportunities and resources that are available on the FMU campus to help them make more informed choices,” said Sharon Moore Askins, Teacher Cadet coordinator for the FMU School of Education.
These cadets will have FMU ID cards made, take a tour of the Rogers Library with the reference staff, attend a technology fair, 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 hear a presentation by Tammy Pawloski, director of FMU’s Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty.
Participating high schools for spring semester are: C.E. Murray, Crestwood, Darlington, East Clarendon, Hannah-Pamplico, Lake City, Lakewood, Marion and South Florence high schools.
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.