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More Than 200 Future Educators Attend Limestone Teacher Cadet Conference

Teacher CadetOn Monday, March 11, Limestone College hosted over 200 high school students from throughout South Carolina who are interested in pursuing teaching as a career.

It was the second consecutive year that Limestone hosted the Upstate Teacher Cadet Conference .

High schools represented by participants of the 2013 conference includedGaffney High, Spartanburg High School, Blacksburg High, Boiling Springs High, Chapman High, Greer High School, Seneca High, T.L. Hanna High, Wren High, and Belton Honeapath High.

The focus of the conference was to show  general use of electronic equipment in the classroom and how to use YouTube as an educational tool.

The keynote speaker for the event was Todd Scholl, Coordinator of Communications and Technology for Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA). CERRA is a statewide organization with a mission to provide leadership in identifying, attracting, placing, and retaining well-qualified individuals for the teaching profession in South Carolina.

Other speakers and presenters at the conference included:

Amy McAlister; 2012 SC State Teacher of the Year
• Jane Turner; Executive Director of (CERRA)
• Virginia Bartels; Program Facilitator (CERRA)
• Jenna Hallman; former Teacher of the Year
• Dr. Penny Saurino; Associate Professor of Education at Limestone
• Dr. Shelly Meyers; Assistant Professor of Education at Limestone and Chair of the College's Education Department
• Dr. Paula Schubert; Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Limestone
• Lee Vartanian from Lander University
• Dr. Randy Nichols; Assistant Professor of Professional Communications at Limestone
• Jackie Hicks from SCEA
• Dr. Carrie Ameling; Associate Professor of English and Theatre at Limestone

The conference was a coordinated effort between CERRA and Limestone's Teacher Education Program.

Started in four South Carolina high schools in 1985, the Teacher Cadet Program has since expanded to include 170 total high schools in the state and serves over 2,500 high school juniors and seniors annually. The primary goal of the program is to encourage academically able students who possess exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills, as well as a strong drive and desire to teach, to consider teaching as a career. An important secondary goal of the program is to give these students insights about teachers and schools so that they may become civic advocates of education.

The Limestone Education program offers degrees in the fields of English, early childhood education, elementary education, mathematics, music, and physical education. Limestone's strong background in educating some of the most accomplished teachers in the region makes it a perfect host for the conference.

Since 2005, 22 graduates of Limestone's Education program have been named Teacher of the Year by either their school or district, and 23 have been named Distinguished Teachers of Reading.