USC Upstate to Host More Than 120 Teacher Cadets and the 2019 South Carolina Teacher of the Year

September 27, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – More than 120 high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching will attend “Teacher Cadet Day” at the University of South Carolina Upstate on Friday, Sept. 28. The School of Education, Human Performance, and Health will host students from eight Spartanburg County high schools from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom. Mr. Jeff Maxey, the 2019 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, will address the group at 10 a.m. Maxey is a special education resource teacher at Starr Elementary School in Anderson School District Three.

“We are looking forward to hosting this exemplary group of academically talented, high-achieving high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in education,” said Dr. Laura Reynolds, dean of the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health at USC Upstate. “The Teacher Cadet program, designed to attract talented young people to the teaching profession, provides high schools students with a challenging introduction to teaching; it also gives our future community leaders the opportunity to become civic advocates for public education.”

The Teacher Cadet Program, which is funded through South Carolina’s Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement, has been offered at USC Upstate for nearly 30 years. USC Upstate partners with Boiling Springs High School, Broome High School, J.F. Byrnes High School, Chapman High School, Chesnee High School, Dorman High School, Landrum High School, and Spartanburg High School to provide a variety of experiences to Teacher Cadet classrooms. The “Teacher Cadet Day” includes a campus tour, admissions information, a panel discussion with current USC Upstate Teaching Fellows, guest speakers, and team building activities.

According to Marsha Clark, director of field experiences, school partnerships, and campus director for Teaching Fellows and Teacher Cadets at USC Upstate, participants also receive insights into the nature of teaching and the critical issues affecting the quality of education in America’s schools today.

“High school students participating in the Teacher Cadet program will receive three hours of dual enrollment credit with USC Upstate should they choose to pursue their degrees in education at our University,” said Clark. “This program provides an opportunity for educators and students to form unique partnerships throughout our county.”

Piloted in four South Carolina high schools in 1985-86, the Teacher Cadet Program has grown to include approximately 170 South Carolina high schools with nearly 200 classes serving an average of 2,700 juniors and seniors annually. More than 60,000 students have participated in the Teacher Cadet Program in its 30-year history.

For additional information about the Teacher Cadet Program at USC Upstate, please contact Marsha Clark at 864-503-5519.