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Academy for Teaching

Influencing Education, One Teacher at a Time



The Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching is an entity that enriches the Teacher Education program for all students who choose Catawba College for their teacher preparation. It was established in 2007 to answer the ongoing need for excellent teachers and to further enhance the outstanding Teacher Education Department at Catawba. The Academy's focus is on equipping its participants with 21st century teaching skills and offering extensive field experiences through regional and east coast travel, community leadership development, and service learning. It is the home of our outstanding scholarship program for students committed to pursuing careers in teaching, Catawba's Martha Kirkland West Scholars.

The Academy began in 2007 and the spring of 2011 saw the very first class of West scholars graduate from Catawba. Applicants for a West Scholarship through the Academy are expected to demonstrate leadership, community involvement, and a commitment to teaching.

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Kimberly Creamer, Director
Academy for Teaching          
Catawba College          
2300 W Innes St
Salisbury, NC  28144
Phone: (704) 637-4462  or  1-800-CATAWBA (228-2922)