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March 30, 2014

KOKOMO AREA CAREER CENTER

This is part of a regular series featuring a student and an employer involved in the Kokomo Area Career Center’s School-to-Work program. Any employer or student interested in the School-to-Work program should call James Stradling, KACC director, at 765-455-8021.

Student’s name: Kara Pierce

Parents: Kim and Dan Pierce

High school: Kokomo High School senior

Career plans: Early childhood education teacher

KACC instructor: Cathy Griffin, early childhood education

Internship placement: Boulevard Elementary School, 1901 W. Boulevard

Supervisor: Stephanie Parent, teacher

Kara Pierce’s thoughts:

“I became interested in working with young children after I helped in the nursery and toddler room at church, as well as babysitting my sister’s children. My school to work placement at Boulevard Elementary School worked perfectly because I could walk to Boulevard from the Kokomo Area Career Center. I am assisting a first-grade class during mathematics and physical education instruction. I assist a small group in writing numbers, and I am so proud that one student who was having trouble with numbers is now writing numbers to 100. My experience at the Kokomo Area Career Center made it easy for me to go into another classroom because I had been well prepared by Mrs. Griffin’s early childhood class. I plan to enroll at Indiana University Kokomo after graduation and study education.”

Stephanie Parent’s comments:

“Boulevard Elementary is making the transition to a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) school for the 2014-15 school year. Engineering concepts have been challenging for my first graders as we create pet habitats using engineering skills. Computers also are available to our students during the school day. I believe the Kokomo Area Career Center program is beneficial for high school students because it helps the student make sure it is a career that will be fulfilling. Kara is an eager learner and a hard worker. Kara is not afraid to jump in and help, and she takes suggestions well. Kara enjoys working with small groups, and she also has had experience in the physical education instruction. In the future, Kara will learn how to create lesson plans and complete instructions for small group learning activities. This will be a beneficial experience for Kara because she now understands what a “real” elementary school teacher job looks like before she enters college.”

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