On November 17, Glenmore Elementary students in pre-k through 2nd-grade had the opportunity to learn about different careers they might be interested in or have not even heard of at all. “It is never too early to expose our students to future opportunities and possibilities,” said Teri Gould, Glenmore Elementary principal. “This is an event our students and staff look forward to each year. Our students are engaged and excited to interact with the guest speakers.”
Students rotated among 20 stations and spent 15 minutes learning about the field and the required qualifications, and made connections to the application of their current classroom lessons to the career field. The career representatives allowed students hands-on experiences to see tools used in their field, businesses and organizations. Students watched demonstrations, asked questions and received hands-on experience, such as walking through the inside of a semi-truck and viewing the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Operation Game Thief Trailer.
The career opportunities showcased in Career Day were selected based on recommendations provided by a Career Day planning committee, “The committee meets to brainstorm careers that are new and different to present to our students each year.” Students were able to hear from professionals from an array of fields including: a court reporter; a performing artist – ballerina; various law enforcement agency officers and military service members; a phlebotomist; and a flight paramedic.
Events like Career Day provide opportunities for students to gain career and self-awareness as early as elementary school and promotes the development qualities and characteristics we believe are important for our students to attain in order to be highly-capable and successful throughout their future endeavors. SAISD is committed to our mission of engaging all students in a relevant and inspiring education that produces future-ready graduates, and is proud to provide opportunities for our students to experience important roles in our community at an early age. We appreciate the community partners who participated in Career Day and helped SAISD to provide our students this additional opportunity to pursue their own hopes and dreams.
“The students are encouraged and enlightened about the potential of their futures,” said Ms. Gould. “We also celebrate the event with an appreciation lunch for our presenters and staff, and it is a time of fellowship and a chance for our staff and guests to make connections and build stronger community relationships.”