St. Petersburg College‘s College of Education hosted an interactive Open House on February 18, 2021 to showcase the Education Career and Academic Community at SPC. This virtual event allowed participants interested in the COE to engage with faculty, staff, students and community partners, including school district personnel, as well as learn about all the education degrees SPC has to offer.
All the Facts
At the event, participants learned about COE program requirements and expectations, student clubs and activities, and the job outlook for teachers in the Tampa Bay area. Various representatives from local school districts shared highlights and benefits of becoming a teacher, and a few lucky attendees even walked away with door prizes! SPC Career Outreach Specialist Kerry Carter in the Career Services group, along with David G White, Career and Academic Advisor, shared valuable information regarding careers .
An Illustrative Adventure
SPC Professor Dr. Meg Delgato welcomed everyone to the Open House in her genuine and enthusiastic manner. The COE faculty and staff performed a short play, written and directed by Delgato, at the beginning of the event. The play, Dorothy meets Alice: An Adventure on the Yellow Brick Road, illustrated the thought processes and decisions a potential student (Dorothy, played by Cher Gauweiler) experiences when contemplating their dream of becoming a teacher. Thanks to the guidance of an experienced risk-taker (Alice, played by Nancy Watkins), Dorothy is able to meet a host of characters who assured her that they are just a few of the people that will support her along her journey. Each one helped her realize that she has the compassion and heart needed to be a teacher; the COE will equip her with the knowledge, tools and dispositions to make her become a great teacher. After seeing all the SPC and the COE has to offer, Dorothy clicked her heels three times and repeated, “There’s no place like the classroom!” and poof! She was on her journey down the yellow brick road.
Special thanks to the rest of the cast: Meg Delgato (Narrator and Toto); Margaret Bowman (Glenda the Good Witch); Jennifer Hart (Dr. Bright); Francine Fuentes (Dr. Moxie); and Robert Raze (Dr. Everheart), as well as to Janice Thiel, Online Learning and Services, who was instrumental in ensuring that the virtual experience went off without a hitch.
Our prospective students were left with the powerful message that they have the power and the courage to travel the yellow brick road to make a tremendous difference in the lives of students.
For more information about SPC’s Education degrees, see our website.