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Cadet Teaching gives seniors real-world experience

Senior Caroline Friedly helps third-graders in art class at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School learn how to draw faces. Caroline is one of three seniors who take a class at Scecina called Cadet Teaching that gives them real-life experience in classrooms at local schools.

By Beth Murphy

So you want to be a teacher when you grow up?

For three Scecina seniors, that’s exactly what they want and that’s exactly what they’re experiencing through Scecina’s Cadet Teaching class.

The class allows them to explore their chosen field for college study and career. It also helps out Scecina’s partner schools in the East Deanery of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis by providing young aides for the teachers.

Abby DeFreese, Caroline Friedly and Peyton Egan leave Scecina each school day for awhile and head for work: Abby and Peyton are doing their Cadet Teaching at Holy Spirit Catholic School, while Caroline is helping out at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. For all three, the experience has only deepened their desire to teach.

“It’s been a relief, actually, that I enjoy it,” said Caroline, “because that’s what I wanted to do. I’m glad I’ve chosen the right field. I look forward for going (to the school) every day.”

Caroline plans to study elementary education at Ball State University. “I’ve definitely gotten a head start on college and my career now,” she said. “I feel prepared.”

Caroline helps out in classrooms for first- and second-graders, and in art class with third-graders. She helps with individual reading for the first-graders and grades papers for Mrs. Angie Therber’s ’84 English class.

Abby and Peyton Egan spend their Cadet Teaching time at Holy Spirit Catholic School. Abby works with toddlers and infants in Holy Spirit’s childcare ministry, Little Ramsies, while Peyton helps with fifth-grade math students and sixth-grade English students. <

Peyton says she gets real teaching experience in the 90-minute fifth-grade math class, where she works with the students with a math app on their iPads.

Peyton got some real experience when a substitute teacher basically handed over a class to her. “She gave me control of the classroom so I knew what I was doing. I definitely felt comfortable leading the class.”

Peyton plans to attend Marian University to study education, but she’s not decided on whether to specialize in elementary or high school teaching.

Abby says the Cadet Teaching program has “helped me know which age I would like to teach, preschool and below. The younger the better.”

Abby also has helped her mother with her homeschooled younger siblings. She spends her day at Little Ramsies helping toddlers learn their letters and sounds, and she spends a lot of time reading to them. With the infants, she works with movement and sensory experiences. Abby plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College at first and then transfer to Ball State to finish her college degree.

All three seniors say the Cadet Teaching experience through Scecina has cemented their desire to become teachers and has given them a realistic view of the world of teaching.

Murphy is Scecina's Director of Marketing Communications.

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