Innovation Spotlight: The Future of Teaching in ECPS

"The Scholar Teachers Program is an innovative way for high school students to learn about the role of teachers first-hand," says Edgecombe Early College High School student and Scholar Teacher Elijah Williamson. 

The new Scholar Teachers program is the first of its kind in eastern North Carolina. The program focuses on social justice and features curriculum written by the North Carolina State Teacher Cadet Cadre, rigorous college coursework, and hands-on experience in the classroom.


This fall, Scholar Teachers began weekly internships that allow them to experience the realities of the classroom, while collaborating with a lead teacher to effectively engage students in learning. Interns at three ECPS schools -- Martin Millennium Academy, W.A. Pattillo Middle School, and Princeville Elementary School -- are learning how to develop strong relationships with students, providing one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions, and actually teaching lessons!


"The internships provide our scholars with the opportunity to learn in a real-world environment, while also adding value to ECPS classrooms in unique and distinctive ways," says Tunisia Bulluck, director of the Scholar Teacher Cadet Program at the Early College.


The EECHS students are enthusiastic about the Scholar Teachers program and their internship experiences.


"For me, the Scholar Teachers program has carved a pathway to my future. I was unsure of what I wanted to be, and with this program I have found my passion. I enjoy working with children and seeing them grow. I am thankful for this program, and I am excited to continue on this journey as an educator," said senior Ateonya Whitaker.