同乐城 Teaching Fellows reaches cohort maximum for the first time

For the first time in its history, the 同乐城 Teaching Fellows program has reached its maximum capacity of 15 Fellows, an achievement administrators say reflects the program’s success and impact. 

USC Upstate is one of 11 institutions in the state that hosts a Teaching Fellows program, which recruits high school seniors interested in education, offering Fellows scholarship, development and field experience.

The 2024-2025 cohort is made up of students from all over the state, with about half coming to the Upstate region, according to assistant professor 布鲁克·哈丁, director of the program at 同乐城.

“This means that our reach is expanding, which is exciting,哈丁说.

She attributes some of the growth of Upstate’s Teaching Fellows organization to visiting every high school in Spartanburg County this year.

“During these visits, we not only talked about the benefits of the Teaching Fellow scholarship, but the students provided examples of how the program at 同乐城 had benefitted them, like being in school-based field experiences before they entered the professional program,”她说。.

“另外, they talked about what makes 同乐城 special as an institution, such as smaller class sizes, approachable and student-centered faculty members, and opportunities to get involved on campus.”

Hardin also credits the Upstate Promise Scholarship, a program spearheaded by Chancellor Bennie Harris, for increased interest in 同乐城.

“When we have events like our Teacher Cadet College Day, 模拟面试, and visit schools, our current fellows who are recipients of this scholarship share how 同乐城’s affordable tuition costs enable scholarship money to work more effectively for them,哈丁说.

Dr. Ugena怀特洛克, dean of the College of Education, Human Performance and Health, praised Hardin’s leadership. 

“Under the directorship of Dr. 布鲁克·哈丁, the Teaching Fellows program has become a program of distinction at 同乐城 that continues to grow,惠特洛克说.

“In addition to experiential learning through academic coursework and networking with other Fellows and teachers across the state, what makes the program unique are the ‘experiences’ at each cohort level (freshman, 二年级学生, 初级, 和高级).”

The experiences are not only fun, but they also include a professional development component, 怀特洛克说:. Examples include the Junior Experience at an annual conference organized by Center for Educator, 招聘, 保留 & Advancement (CERRA) and the most recent Sophomore Teaching Experience, where students visited The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.

Hardin said she’s always impressed by students’ eagerness for involvement and commitment to the community and their peers.

“As director of the program, I often tell students that ‘this is their experience; not my own,’”她说。. Hardin provides mentorship with administrative tasks; encourages students to lead service projects or enrichment experiences; and seeks their feedback on the overall program.

There are also leadership roles within the program, she added.

“Our Teaching Fellows program is a diverse, close-knit community; the students champion each other and exude goodwill on and off campus; the camaraderie is contagious!”

Hardin said she and three other current fellows will go to the state orientation in late June to meet the students in the new cohort and begin building relationships.


Follow the 同乐城 Teaching Fellows on Instagram, @teachingfellows_uscupstate, to learn more about the program and its new cohort.