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.

Aimee Reams is the instructor for Teacher Academy.

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 need 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