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FMU to host Teacher Cadet College Day, Nov. 4

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University will host 138 Teacher Cadets from 12 area high schools for Teacher Cadet College Day, Wednesday, Nov. 4. 

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. 

The guest speaker for Teacher Cadet College Day at FMU will be Bryan Coburn, the 2009-2010 South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

Coburn is a pre-engineering, computer programming and business teacher at Northwestern High School in York School District Three. 

As a 19-year teaching veteran, Coburn mentors new teachers, including those participating in the Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE), and assists colleagues seeking National Board Certification.  A School Improvement Council member, he has been recognized as a master teacher by Project Lead the Way, providing continuing education and mentoring for teachers across the United States, and is a master teacher for advanced placement in computer science.  

He is committed to numerous activities which involve young people and the community and experiences the joy of giving and watching his students develop a learning habit that will continue throughout the rest of their lives.  

He graduated from Milligan College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer science and earned a master’s degree in teaching from Winthrop University.  He has also studied at the University of North Carolina, the University of South Carolina and Rochester Institute of Technology. 

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. 

For additional information, contact Sharon Askins, FMU professor of education, at 843-661-1490 or

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Last Published: November 3, 2009 12:32 PM
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