WARREN, NJ - The Mt. Horeb Career Expo, held on a recent evening in February, was a huge success. Gifted and Talented teacher Wendy Piller, and her colleagues Michelle Cebula, Michele Gaglioti, Andrew Ahimovic, Kara Miletic and Jill Ziobro designed the enrichment opportunity in line with current research which states that exposure to a variety of career options early on benefits students greatly. It allows them to connect schoolwork with the real world, and gives them something to aspire to as they learn and grow.
The team of educators assembled a well–represented assortment of careers including a composer, a chemist, an author, a medical doctor, a television producer, a math professor, an expert in marketing, a financial specialist, and physical therapists. Students were allowed ownership to select from the diverse list of career workshops offered.
As the individual sessions began, the professionals shared background knowledge about their chosen careers as well as the education and training involved, and they detailed how subjects taught in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms do have relevance in their day to day work lives.
Then, students were tasked with a career related problem to solve. The children were eager to brainstorm, create, collaborate, evaluate and discuss. Whether analyzing a financial acquisition, diagnosing bone fractures from x-rays, testing chemicals in a mock lab, or gathering news elements to crack a current unsolved mystery, the children were engaged and motivated.
Special thanks to the following professionals who donated their time and talents to solidify the school and community partnership: Dr. Lisa Bash, Mr. Kevin Butterfield, Mrs. Jill Gallina, Mr. Mark Hardy, Mrs. Dina Lombardo, Dr. Mary Mueller, Dr. Mandy Osifchin, Mrs. Corey Schwartz, Mrs. Tina Walter, and Mrs. Elizabeth Yuskaitis. Additional thanks to former Mt. Horeb Principal William Kimmick and current Mt. Horeb Principal Scott Cook for their combined efforts and support of the Mt. Horeb Career Expo.