Among the things Catherine Poteet enjoyed seeing Wednesday during Metcalfe County’s College and Career Fair at Metcalfe County High School were the expressions on students’ faces when she talked about teaching.
“I love the questions that they have,” she said. “Some of the questions are, ‘Is your job stressful?’ It’s interesting to see some of their faces when I say yes, teaching is stressful. They look around at their teacher and go, ‘Really?’ Some of the looks on their faces are sweet.”
Poteet is with SKy-Teach, a program for math and science majors who are earning bachelor’s degrees in specific fields, but can also earn education degrees leading to teacher certification. Poteet typically exhibits at college fairs and provides high school students with information about her program.
“This is the only career fair that we’ve been invited to, but I love this idea and I love being able to be here and answering questions about teaching for those students who want to be teachers,” she said. “I think it’s a very honorable profession.”
Wednesday was the second time the Metcalfe County school district has held the college and career fair.
“We started this last year as districtwide event for grades two through 12. We want the kids to become more aware of what their options are out there and what they have to do to prepare if they want a specific career,” said Julie Holmes, college and career readiness counselor for the school district.
The students visited various booths set up in the high school gym, armed with a list of questions that covered such topics as salary, hours worked, education and overall happiness in a particular career field.
Holmes’ hope is that the questions the students ask will help them think about what career they might want to explore and what education is required to enter a desired field.
“We want to start them as early as possible. We just keep reaffirming that with them every year so hopefully, by the time they get to the point to where they really have to start making those decisions, they’re more prepared,” she said. “They’re not waiting until they get out of high school and say, ‘Now what do I do next?’”
Also exhibiting Wednesday was Linda Waggener, marketing and media relations coordinator at Campbellsville University, which was one of several universities represented at the event.
“The kids are just treasures. They are just absolutely wonderful little treasurers, great little minds,” she said. “They are already thinking about what they want to be.”
Of all the questions she was asked, the most interesting was, “‘How much do you earn?’ That was one I had not prepared for.”
Instead of answering the question, she asked the student how much he wanted to earn. His answer was $50,000, which she said was “a very good answer.”
Before the event ended, Holmes and her staff were already asking about participating in the college and career fair next year, which is likely to take place in the fall due to the schools’ testing time frame.
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