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What is Teacher Academy?
Teacher Academy is more than teaching. While the course is designed to introduce high school students to a career in education, students gain skills that can be used in many fields. Working in collaborative groups, working with technology, presenting information, and working with a diverse group helps prepare students for careers in speech pathology, training, ministry, counseling, coaching, social work, etc.

Teacher Academy helps prepare students for a four-year post-secondary experience. Writing, presenting, and implementing technology are embedded throughout the two year program. Communication, interview skills, resume writing, and creation of a portfolio are integral components of Teacher Academy II. Students will visit college campuses and research scholarship opportunities at various institutions.

Teacher Academy students in both year one and year two will work in the classrooms of Lamar County teachers in grades pre-K through eighth. During field experience, students will work directly with students and assist teachers in daily tasks. Placement varies depending on student interest in grade level. Students in Teacher Academy learn to serve the community through service learning projects and assisting LCSD Parents as Teachers groups in community events such as Roll and Read.

Julie Viguerie is the instructor for Teacher Academy. She is District Teacher of the Year for 2017.
Requirements
To be eligible for Teacher Academy:
- C or higher average in most recent English & math
- good attendance record
- clear discipline record
Course Overview
Teacher Academy I
Units of Study:
Orientation and Safety
Teaching Career Opportunities
Human Growth and Development
History and Trends in American Education
Effective Teaching and Learning Environment
Appreciating Diverse Learners
*approximately 25 hours of clinical/field
experiences in grades preK through middle
school throughout Lamar County school district

Teacher Academy II
Units of Study:
Orientation and Safety
Instructional Strategies
Assessment Strategies
Instructional Planning
Professional Learning
Field Experience
*approximately 50 hours of clinical/field experience throughout LCSD
*Teacher Academy students are placed in two different grade levels - one per nine weeks.
*Students may to provide their own transportation to clinical/field experience schools.

What is happening in Teacher Academy?
Benefits
- Student organizations: Educators Rising (ER) & National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) with leadership opportunities as well as competitions at both state & national levels
- scholarships for PRCC (half or full tuition)
- scholarships for William Carey
- college tours & personalized campus visits