From doctors and firefighters to teachers and accountants, West Creek Academy students spent the week learning about different careers they could pursue when they grow up.
“I hope they start to explore all the many career options that they have and see how their interests and skills tie in to what they might do someday to have an impact on the world,” Principal Sue Bett said.
With the help of parent volunteers, students in fourth to sixth grade had the opportunity to learn more about different career paths during a panel discussion Thursday.
“We had 13 parents come and share in a panel about their careers and then individually students got to learn about two careers each,” Bett said.
The panel informed students about the responsibilities of different careers and inspired them to pursue new career pathways.
“We want to teach these kids that you might be thinking that ‘I want to be this when I grow up,’ but it might be something totally different and that’s okay,” Transitional Kindergarten teacher Marisa Torres said. “As long as you love what you do and have inspiration and passion for it, that’s all that counts.”
Sixth-grade student Ella Ray, 10, has always known she wanted to be a nurse, but still enjoyed hearing about different occupations like accounting and finance.
“I like learning about the accountant,” she said. “It was cool how she managed all the money.”
The panel also helped those students who were still investigating what they wanted to be when they grow up, like sixth-grade student Carson Dalley.
“I liked hearing from the federal immigration judge,” Dalley, 11, said. “It’s cool how he takes cases and usually there’s two to three a day.”
On Friday, students of all ages had their own chances to explore their future career pathways during the schoolwide monthly character assembly.
Sporting doctors’ coats, chefs’ hats, sheriff’s badges and princess dresses, students at West Creek Academy spent the morning dressed in outfits that represented their future aspirations and dreams.
“A lot of my students said, ‘I want to Batman’ and ‘I want to be Rapunzel’ and what I said was ‘Well you can work at the parks like Disneyland and Universal and be that person and dress up that way,'” Torres said of her young class.
During the character spirit assembly, several students were also awarded with a Certificate of Character for acting “caring” during the month.
The monthly award was part of West Creek’s ongoing implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS), which teaches students appropriate behavior through positive reinforcement and targeted intervention.
“We’ve been working with our PBIS program,” Bett said, “and teaching positive behavior lessons about being honest, optimistic, willing leaders.”
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