Teacher Cadet Program

  • Teacher Cadets Do you enjoy working with children? Do you want to create a better world for tomorrow by starting now? If you are a dedicated student who wants to have a positive influence now, and on the future of public education, and are committed to strengthening your skills as a reader, writer, thinker, and communicator, then the Teacher Cadet Program is for you! Be a part of Mapleton's inaugural year with this internship program! Please note, this program is only available to MEC and Big Picture College and Career Academy juniors and seniors.


    In the Teacher Cadet Program, you will:

    • Study growth and development as a learner
    • Examine the diversity, cultural, historical, social, political, and legal forces that shape public education
    • Explore the role of the teacher and philosophy that guides teaching
    • Examine the Colorado teacher licensure process and Colorado university teacher education programs
    • Engage in a six-week mini-teaching internship, a professional shadow experience, and observations of learners of all age groups
    • Engage in rigorous curriculum demonstrated with a year-end portfolio of a body of work
    • Gain opportunity for college credit to community colleges and universities
    • Earn English credit for high school graduation

    To participate in the Teacher Cadet program, students must be a junior or senior at MEC or Big Picture College and Career Academy.

    Student admission criteria: application, essay, interview, and a minimum of three teacher recommendations


    Post-Secondary opportunities include:

    • Elementary Education
    • Secondary Education
    • Paraprofessional
    • Camp Counselor
    • Daycare Worker
    • Curriculum Writer
    • Professor
    • Instructional Guide
    • Tutor
    • Journalist

    Internship Outcomes

    • Observe an expert teacher through the lenses of instruction and classroom management
    • Lead small group activities with students
    • Plan and deliver content lessons
    • Reflect upon and analyze lesson effectiveness for future instruction
    • Build relationships with students and supervising teacher
    • Communicate effectively with multiple stakeholders



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Kristi V Evans

Kristi Evans has been with Mapleton for 20 years. She graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1997 with a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication and Theatre. She received her Masters in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the CUDenver in 2010.

Kristi spent the first 16 years as an English teacher at Academy High School, of which she is a founding member. After teaching, she grew to become an Assistant Director at Monterey Community School where she served students, families, and teachers for two years. She is currently the Assistant Director at Global Leadership Academy where she has served for the last two years. She is excited to work with schools and students in the Teacher Cadet Program starting this fall! 

  • Learn more!

    Check out Courtney's Corner to learn more about the Teacher Cadet Program! 

    Courtney's Corner


    Ready to make a difference?

    Do you attend MEC or BPCCA?

    Are you a junior or senior? 

    Contact Program Coordinator, Kristi Evans, today to sign up for the 2021-22 school year! Spots are filling up fast!