What if you could learn about going to school to be an engineer, working for the U.S Navy, overseeing the factory production of two super-popular snack foods, serving as a legislative aide and working to promote community use of public libraries? That’s just some of what fifth graders at Pinewood got to experience on Friday, February 8 as part of the 7th annual Career Day.
And believe it or not, that was the career path of just one of more than a dozen guest speakers at the school who described their jobs, their education and interests, and how they got to where they are now.
The variety of careers represented by the volunteers — who included both parents and district staff — ranged from health care to law enforcement, engineering to the environment, and more.
“When most fifth graders think of career choices, they think teacher or doctor,” said Pinewood school counselor Amy Stannard, who organized the annual event. “We want them to be exposed early to career and job options they may otherwise not know exist.”
Guest speaker Cindy Guess was enthusiastic as she described the joy and satisfaction she gets working with senior citizens as an Activities & Volunteer Services Manager at St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehab Center.
“I love spending time with the seniors. I try to improve their lives, sometimes through art or music or by planning fun events,” said Guess. “Think about being someone who enjoyed painting when they were young but is older now and can’t use a paintbrush. Sometimes it’s just a little thing like making a hole in a tennis ball and putting the paintbrush in the hole so that person can hold the brush paint again.
“It can be very rewarding and our residents are very appreciative,” said Guess.
Students took turns hearing from each of the speakers and had a journal they were required to keep with information about each career they learned about.
Along with the information about how long their work days are, how many years they went to school, and what the worst parts of their jobs are, the Career Day volunteers also provided nuggets of advice for students of any age.
“Give yourselves lots of opportunities by working hard at school,” said Mike Dombrowski. “It’s so important.”
Thank you to our 2019 Career Day speakers:
- Mark Isles – Contractor
- Monica Castelli – Administrative Secretary to a Lawyer
- Leslie Smith – Principal, Bradt Primary School
- Joe Mayo – Director of Building and Grounds, Mohonasen CSD
- Mike Dombrowski – Assistant Vice President of Sales, Jaeger & Flynn
- Sara Lavenia – Cardiology Nurse, Albany Medical Center
- Lisa Anzalone – Environmental Specialist
- Mike Rumbaugh – School Resource Officer/Rotterdam Police Department
- Kimberley Cowles – Student Nurse, Fidelis
- Jackie Scholten – Summer Camp Registrar, Camp Scully of Catholic Charities
- Luigi Palleschi – Engineer, ABD
- Cindy Guess – Activities & Volunteer Services Manager, St. Peter’s Nursing and Rehab Center
- DeVal Sanders – Paper Supplier, New York State Assembly
- Lisa Gilbert – School Counselor, Rensselaer Ed. Center
- Renee Ross – RN Brain Injury Nurse, Sunnyview Rehabilitation
- Jennifer DiLallo – Deputy Chief of Staff, NYS Unified Court System
- Wade Abbott – Communications Specialist, Mohawk Valley Library System (Mohonasen School Board Member)