UNCW event encourages high school students to become teachers

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Over a hundred future teachers from Eastern North Carolina gathered at UNCW for the first Teachers of Tomorrow Day.

High school students from 7 counties were at UNCW's Watson School of Education to participate in an all-day seminar designed to encourage them to become educators.

Students toured the campus and learned more about the steps it takes to get into the profession.

The workshops provided the high-schoolers with hands-on learning experiences, the opportunity to interact with students abroad through distance learning and ways to use gaming in the classroom.

According to UNCW's Mark Phelps, schools are always looking for more teachers no matter what the economy is like.

"The need for teachers in North Carolina every year is 10,000 teachers," said Phelps.  "When you combine public and private universities, there are only 3,300 teachers being produced. Only 2,200 are teaching in North Carolina schools. You think about this and baby boomers retiring, the need is drastic."

Students who participated in Teachers of Tomorrow Day are part of the Teach Cadet program from their schools.  The program has an honors-type curriculum designed to promote teaching as a profession.