“Pay Off” for College of Education Interns

George Papaemanuel from Pasco County Schools conducting a mock interview with final intern, Madison Jantzen.
George Papaemanuel from Pasco County Schools conducting a mock interview with final intern, Madison Jantzen.

Final interns from the College of Education, attended the 2019 -2020 spring seminar hosted by the Office of School Partnerships at the Clearwater Campus this past session. Networking makes this is a favorite seminar among the final interns since they have an opportunity to meet representatives from the school districts who are responsible for hiring teachers.  Pasco County Hiring Capital Partner, George Papaemanuel, stated that he has been impressed with every SPC graduate he has hired for Pasco schools.

School Districts in Attendance 

  • Pinellas
  • Pasco
  • Hillsborough
  • Hernando.  

Two interns had an opportunity to participate in a mock interview, affording them a learning opportunity regarding what questions would be asked during the hiring process. Students “dressed to impress” and made an excellent impression on the districts. The “pay off” came when advanced binders authorizing teaching positions were offered to several interns by Pinellas County School District!  

Pinellas County Schools conducted an informative session on cover letters, resume writing and job interviewing. Getting an inside scoop on some potential questions asked at interviews, as well as tips for making their resume stand out was definitely appreciated by the final interns! The pre-service teachers learned that sending a hand-written ‘thank-you’ note is still apparently appreciated after an interview. 

Dr. Dallas Jackson and Ms. Diane Dove from Pinellas County Schools are below presenting about resumes, cover letters and interviewing tips.
Dr. Dallas Jackson and Ms. Diane Dove from Pinellas County Schools are below presenting about resumes, cover letters and interviewing tips.

During a “working” lunch, Ms. Pam Wilkins conducted a presentation to the 4 districts regarding our online programs in the College of Education.

In the afternoon, the final interns had an opportunity to visit districts during break-out sessions so they could find out more about the opportunities at the individual districts.

The Office of School Partnerships received many positive comments from the final interns, including Christine Pfeiffer.  She sent an email with the following, “Thank you to all of you for a great seminar on Friday. I can’t believe my journey at the College of Education at SPC is almost done. Where has the time gone?”

For more info on the College of Education programs, please call 727-712-5410 or email roper.pat@spcollege.edu .

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