March 05, 2019
Suffolk Public Schools held a Non-Traditional Extravaganza for 10th grade students in Career and Technical Education on Thursday, February 21. Students from all three county high schools and the College and Career Academy participated. They had the opportunity to sit down with business and industry leaders that are working in non-traditional roles and ask questions about their decisions to enter these fields, hurdles they faced, successes, failures, educational requirements, etc.
ITEEA Region 1 Director, Debra Shapiro was asked to present as a female technology and engineering educator. Shapiro was the first female hired by Suffolk Public Schools to teach technology education in 1990. Since then, there have been eight women to follow in her footsteps in the system, two of whom were students at the school where Shapiro taught and they credit her for influencing them to enter the field. The students were very curious about Shapiro's pathway and were eager to learn how they could become technology and engineering educators. It was a great opportunity to promote and recruit for the program and not just the "Non Traditional" students, but all those that she had the opportunity to speak with.
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