Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Former Teacher Cadet To Make International Impact

~Guest Blog Post by Arthur Pinckney, CERRA Program Facilitator

Antavius Jones graduated from Voorhees in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. He was a former Teacher Cadet in 2008-2009 at Denmark-Olar High School with Ms. Cammy Bernstel as his instructor.

This fall, Jones, a native of Denmark, S.C., will be traveling to China to teach English to students between the ages of six and 15 through the Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation, a nonprofit and non-governmental organization in Washington, D.C. that is committed to the promotion and implementation of educational exchanges in China and abroad.

Jones will teach for one academic year to public primary or secondary schools in the greater metropolitan areas of Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Tianjin and the provinces of Guangdong, Anhui, Hebei and Fujian.

While at Voorhees, Jones held various leadership roles and participated in various organizations including the Student Government Association, Student Support Services Program, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Math and Computer Science Club, Ernest Everett Just Science Club, Hometown Heroes, NAACP, and Louis Stokes Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation Program.

Additionally, Jones traveled to New Mexico for the Summer Community College for Research Experience (SCCORE) Internship Program, where he did research in the Mechanical Engineering Department at New Mexico State University. This internship gave him the opportunity to present his research at one of the most prestigious conferences in the nation, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Jose, Calif.

Hats off to Antavius, another successful Teacher Cadet!