School creates club for students interested in teaching careers

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Pocahontas school officials are hoping that a new program will provide educational opportunities for students interested in teaching careers.

The Teacher Cadet Program at Pocahontas High School was started in March and 24 students are now members of the club.

"We have so many positions that will eventually become available and we need to fill them in the coming years," said High School Principal Lesa Grooms.

Grooms said there is a teacher shortage in Arkansas and the club provides the school with an opportunity to grow their own teacher population.

She said the club will allow interested students to gain experience shadowing teachers.

The students will learn about creating a lesson plan, as well as teaching different grades levels and subjects.

"They are going to get to go into the classrooms of areas they are interested in," said Grooms. "They will be observing, seeing teachers using strategies, teachers dealing with student and what it's like to be a teacher."

Grooms says the club will continue during the next school year and she expects membership to grow even more.

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