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As a new group of Teacher Cadets embark on a new school year of learning the ins and outs of an education career, one of their first stops was the Academy District 20 Education and Administration Center. Students learned how different departments, including Learning Services, Finance, Risk Management, and Human Resources, support schools across the district.

"I never realized all that went on behind the scenes in education,” Kate Neuffer, a Discovery Canyon Campus High School Teacher Cadet said.

Peter Ristig, Director for Risk Management said, "I love participating in this program as it allows me to show a peek at how much goes into supporting teachers and students in the classroom."

The Teacher Cadet Program allows high schools students a first-look at becoming an educator. The program provides insights on how to become an educator, basic lesson-planning, child development and field experience including delivering their own lesson to a classroom. The program is offered through a career pathway program at Discovery Canyon High School and Village High School.

During their visit to the EAC, students met with Superintendent Jinger Haberer who said, "After speaking with these Teacher Cadets, I know our future is truly in good hands."

Starting later this month, second-year Teacher Cadet students will participate in a light version of student teaching. They will be placed at ASD20 elementary schools and observe a teacher, twice weekly. They will also teach 3-4 lessons during this time and spend one entire day shadowing a teacher.