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FMU to host Teacher Cadet College Day, March 10

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University will host 52 Teacher Cadets from four area high schools for Teacher Cadet College Day, Tuesday, March 10.  

The guest speaker will be Jenna Hallman, the 2009 South Carolina Teacher of the Year. Hallman is a teacher at Calhoun Academy of the Arts where she serves as a science specialist. Previously, she taught second grade at the school. 

A National Board certified teacher, Hallman received a $10,000 Toyota Tapestry grant last year along with three other second-grade teachers. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University, and a master’s degree from Clemson University.-

Hallman has a strong connection with her community and is always searching for ways to involve her students in service learning. Together, they have donated food, blankets and toys to the humane society, collected and delivered food to a local soup kitchen, made valentines for the elderly, gathered supplies and written letters to soldiers fighting overseas, and participated in a litter campaign on Earth Day. As a member of Leadership Anderson, she is working to help create a board that will hear proposals from non-profit agencies and then support and fund their ventures. 

A 10-year veteran, Hallman mentors a fourth-grade teacher and has supervised student teachers. She is a member of Anderson University’s Education Department Leadership Team and has frequently served as a workshop presenter. She is a two-time recipient of her district’s Golden Apple award for instruction in higher level thinking.  

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 and Darlington, Timmonsville 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 Sharon Askins at 843-661-1490 or saskins@fmarion.edu.

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Last Published: April 1, 2009 7:42 PM
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