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FMU to host Teacher Cadet College Day, March 18

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University will host 66 Teacher Cadets from 5 area high schools for Teacher Cadet College Day, Tuesday, March 18. 

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.

Participating high schools are: Crestwood High School in Sumter, Darlington, East Clarendon, Scott’s Branch in Summerton and Wilson.

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

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Last Published: March 14, 2008 1:44 PM
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