In my six years as a cosmetology teacher at Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York state, I have developed a great appreciation for the role of career and technical education in rural communities like the ones we serve. Project-based learning in CTE has made a real difference in our rural community.
In the coming year, I’m looking forward to stepping into the role of workplace learning coordinator. In this new position, I’ll focus on helping students find internships and job-shadowing opportunities in an effort to help them bridge the gap between school and employment. I will also be engaging experts and opening the walls of our classrooms to ensure students are working on meaningful projects with authentic audiences to foster the skills that we know are critical for the future of work and success.