Are you looking for a way to encourage students to explore teaching as a career?
As the baby boomers employed in education look to retirement, thousands of teaching positions will open up. You can encourage your students to seriously consider a career in education, while they are still in high school.
The Missouri State Teachers Association is proud to sponsor the Missouri Association of Future Teachers of America. FTA’s main purpose is to provide opportunities for students to observe teachers in their communities and explore their own abilities and interest in teaching as a career.
Every year MSTA selects an outstanding student to receive a $300 scholarship and award for their service as a cadet teacher.
We are very excited to announce the 2012
Cadet Teacher of the Year: Nathan Olson.
Olson is a graduate of Willard High School and has been a member of FTA since his sophomore year. He served as the FTA Chapter President and the Southwest Missouri Regional President during his senior year. Under his leadership, Willard FTA adopted a family at Christmas and hosted a Teacher Appreciation breakfast.
Olson did his cadet teaching with Sharon Reed, music instructor at Willard North Elementary. While cadet teaching, Olson learned the teaching techniques modeled by Reed and assisted with fall and spring programs. Olson is currently attending the University of Arkansas and majoring in music education.
Applications for the 2013 Cadet Teacher of the Year can be found here http://www.msta.org/files/cadetapp.pdf and are due May 1, 2013.
More about cadet teaching for credit: The State FTA encourages each chapter to offer cadet teaching for credit. (You can read more about how to start a cadet-teaching program in your school district here http://www.msta.org/files/cadetbooklet.pdf) Cadet teaching varies by chapter. Some cadet teachers teach for only one day, while others teach an hour or more each day for up to two semesters.
MSTA promotes the FTA Cadet Teaching for Credit program because it gives high school students an opportunity to work in a classroom under an experienced, enthusiastic teacher and gain a basic understanding of the profession. Under the approved plan, one credit for one hour teaching at elementary, middle or junior high school level for one year. (1/2 credit for one hour of teaching per semester)
Cadet Teaching for Credit helps the student decide whether they possess the necessary qualities of a 21st century teacher and gives the student insight into the content area and grade level they could be most comfortable teaching.
More about FTA: There are approximately 65 FTA chapters that are participating in the cadet teaching for credit program of the 449 high schools in Missouri. FTA has 84 chapters and are always looking to expand. We continuously encourage our CTA presidents to find a sponsor and support a chapter in their school district.