I remember the first architect I ever met, the first art teacher that encouraged me to have big dreams, and the first math teacher to prove that math had a place outside the classroom.
To all of them, I say "Thank you!".
Assisting students in determining their career path has always been a passion of mine. No matter the age, children/ students at every level of development benefit from exploring careers, having new experiences, and preparing for what he or she might do as an adult.
While summer is already in full swing, I have been reflecting upon the past school year. During the 2017-2018 school year there were numerous opportunities for local citizens and businesses (not just Architects) to spend time, both in and out of the classroom, with Spencer students. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to shake hands and discuss professional appearance with Spencer High School women, participate in a discussion panel for young women interested in STEM careers, and perform mock interviews with Sacred Heart sixth graders.
I am sure there are many examples of professionals reaching out to young people in Spencer that I have not documented here. However, below are links to events I was personally able to be a part of:
Looking ahead to the 2018-2019 school year, young people in Northwest Iowa have the unique opportunity to participate in a mentor-ship program, led by area architecture, construction, and engineering (ACE) professionals. Through this program, I hope to connect with more young people, in search of a path after high school.
For more information, including how to register, visit the links below: