Teacher Cadet: A Win-Win for North Carolina

NC Teacher Cadet students are more than high school kids taking a teaching course. They positively impact and strengthen their communities and district schools. During the “field experience,” Cadets work in elementary schools to provide valuable support to classroom teachers and so they may experience teaching a real classroom. With the loss of thousands of Teacher Assistants throughout the state, Teacher Cadets are even more valuable.

Here, a Western Guilford High Teacher Cadet works with a small reading group of students. As you can see, it’s a win-win for everyone!


2014 Jane Hansel Teacher Cadet Scholarship Winners

IMG_1561Mr. Adam Moore – East Forsyth High School
Teacher Cadet Instructor – Mrs. Stephanie Wallace
Parents: David Moore and Kimberly Moore

College: Appalachian State University – I am majoring in History, Social Studies Education at as a member of the Residential Learning Community called “Appalachian Community of Education Scholars” which is currently serving as the university’s own version of the Teaching Fellows Program. I have also received the James Future Teachers Scholarship from Appalachian’s College of Education. I am the fifth person to earn this scholarship and the first male.

Teaching Goals: I am majoring in History, Social Education which means that I will teach high school social studies courses.

How Did the Teacher Cadet class influence your goals to be a teacher?
I have known that I wanted to be a teacher ever since middle school. When I came to high school, I discovered the Teacher Cadet Program and I sought to find more information about this. After being in the course for two years, the program has acted as an avenue for me to pursue my dream of becoming an educator. This course taught me various aspects of teaching that I have never thought about before. It has opened my eyes on the everyday trials and tribulations that teachers face and has prepared me for that. The most valuable part of this program is having actual field experiences where high school cadets observe and teach lessons in their local elementary and middle schools. This aspect of the program really allows a potential future teacher to decide whether or not teaching is their niche. It is much better to figure this out in high school rather than in college after already beginning a major in education. The NC Teacher Cadet program has been the most valuable course that I have taken in my high school career because it aligned me for a major in education and trained me to become an effective North Carolina teacher.


Taylor Oxendine - PhotoMiss Taylor Oxendine – South Robeson High School
Teacher Cadet Instructor – Christina Wilkins
Parents – Billy and Phyllis Oxendine

College: UNC Pembroke

Teaching Goals – I plan to pursue a degree in elementary education concentration in mathematics.

How Did the Teacher Cadet class influence your goals to be a teacher?
When I first entered the Teacher Cadet class, I was uncertain about what I was going to major in, but being in Teacher Cadet I found what I loved! Being a Teacher Cadet I was able to watch my students grow; some of my students progressed quickly others did not. I have been able to see first hand my students progress from seeing them figure out mathematic problems to hearing them fluently read a book, and work effectively as a group. Teaching is not an easy profession, but it is rewarding. Teachers are valiant, compassionate, and patient. I am a Teacher Cadet because teaching is what I was meant to do.