High School seniors teach elementary students through Teacher Cadet Program


South Harrison High School’s Teacher Cadet Program helped out with Wednesday’s ‘Grand Slam Science Experience’ at West Milford Elementary School.

Cadets operated and taught at some of the learning stations.

Fairmont State University developed the program, which allows high school students to actually teach in elementary classrooms.

Students said the recent teacher strike and work stoppage has not discouraged them from wanting to teach.

“Not really ’cause you have to have a passion for teaching, and regardless about pay or about anything like that you just you have to have a passion for what you do, so it doesn’t really change my mind,” said Shianna Owens, teacher cadet.

“We’re trying to get high school kids interested in a career in education. We don’t have enough teachers coming out of colleges that want to be teachers so we hook them while they’re young, we invite them here to the school,” said Pattae Kinney, principal.

Kinney said the teacher cadets help out with various projects throughout their senior year.

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