Monday, November 26, 2012

Onboard the O-C Tech Train!

During American Education Week, Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College hosted a Teacher Education Field Study for Teacher Cadets and other area students interested in a career in teaching. Students were granted the opportunity to chat with the college's president, Dr. Walt Tobin, Jr., learn more about the education programs offered at O-C Tech, attend education classes, and tour the campus and its facilities. Thanks to Jody Ott and Gloria Caldwell for providing a rewarding experience and allowing the students and instructors to have fun aboard the O-C Tech train! We look forward to the expansion of the Teacher Cadet Program in the Orangeburg area!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fall ReNEWal Conference Makes Waves in Myrtle Beach!

Our first ever Pre-Collegiate Fall ReNEWal Conference recently held October 26th-28th at the Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC was a HUGE success! Formerly titled, the Fall Recruitment Workshop, our newly named conference did not disappoint! This year's conference provided opportunities for attendees to learn, network, and share ideas and resources to enhance initiatives among our programs (ProTeam, Teacher Cadet, & College Partners).

The theme for this year’s conference was ReNEWal: Mind, Body, Spirit. The conference featured two keynote addresses, one by 2013 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Amy McAllister and another by Cindi Rigsbee, 2009 National Teacher of the Year Finalist and author of Finding Mrs. Warnecke, a book about the difference educators make in the lives of students. The conference also featured 20 sharing sessions, a Silent Auction to benefit the Ken Bower Teacher Cadet Scholarships, “Onboard Activities,” “Excursions,” and real-time technology integration activities, to name a few.

Check out a sample of the plethora of exemplary sessions offered at the conference!


To check out Facebook posts, tweets, and pics from the conference, download the conference app! Yes, there is an app for that! :) You can search for the app in the App Store or Google Play Store. Just search for "Fall Renewal Conference."

We hope to see you at next year's conference!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ready, Set, Go!

Today wraps up the first official week "back to school" for students and teachers! I hope that there was a smooth transition into the new year for everyone and especially look forward to following those in our Pre-Collegiate Network on their journey this year. We are proud to welcome 13 new ProTeam instructors and 21 new Teacher Cadet instructors to our network! Welcome aboard!


*ProTeam Training

*Teacher Cadet Training

Monday, May 7, 2012

Need Student & Graduate Gift Ideas?

It's that time of year when most of us are thinking of gifts or special trinkets for our graduates and other students. A nylon backpack, cool water bottle, T-shirt, silicone wrist band, or desktop highlighter canister are all cool ideas! Come check out our online store at to browse and purchase some really neat gifts for your middle school ProTeam student, high school Teacher Cadet, or favorite teacher!  There are a plethora of items from which to choose!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

College Bound?

Juniors and Seniors,

Check out CERRA's College Financial Newsletter (CFN) for scholarship information and key tips and strategies to navigate the college planning process.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pre-Collegiate Updates...

Check out the latest information regarding Pre-Collegiate Programs in March/April! (Click on item to enlarge.)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beaufort & Jasper County Schools On the Move!

Yesterday was an amazing day! I had the opportunity to spend the day with the Teacher Cadets and the TC instructors in Beaufort and Jasper counties! The Cadets at Battery Creek, Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head Island, Ridgeland, and Whale Branch Early College high schools were impressive! My message included why SC needs the "best and brightest" to become teachers, and the Cadets learned more about the "good" and the "not so good" statistics and trends of education in SC. Program Director, Jason Fulmer, also presented "Strategies to Orchestrate Student Success," and the Cadets really enjoyed the interactive presentation as they sang, moved to the "medleys," and had fun learning strategies that they can use when they go out into the field for their Teacher Cadet Field Experience. Thanks again to Mrs. Cindy Sturgis and the Teacher Cadets of Hilton Head Island High School for organizing the Lowcountry's first Regional Teacher Cadet Day! (Well....that's my title for it....hint, hint!) Pictures from the event will be uploaded soon to the TC web site. Check them out!


Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, Everyone! A new year is upon us, and I am excited about the possibilities for our Pre-Collegiate Programs in 2012! During the winter holidays, I stumbled upon a couple of items I would like to share with you. Teacher Cadets, please check out the following summer experience opportunity from Bank of America's web page: 

(1) Bank of America Student Leaders Program 

If you are a student with a passion for improving your community, we would like to help you turn that passion into action. We are looking for leaders who are high school juniors and seniors in the US. The Student Leaders selected within the 44 markets will participate in:

-An eight-week paid internship at a charitable organization
-A week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July) to
 gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills (all expenses paid as part of the   Student Leaders Program)

(2) Teacher Cadet Blogs!

I also stumbled upon some really impressive Teacher Cadet blogs by SC Teacher Cadets. Check them out and "follow" their TC experience; I know I will! 

Confessions of a Teacher Cadet
Strive To Be The Best
That's SO-Nora