Education - Winter Break Opportunity List

You can apply for opportunities through the Student Center, under the Center for Career Development, Winter Break Opportunities.

Applications are due by November 1 by 11:59 p.m.

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See what students have to say about their experience. Students Comments on the value of Job Shadowing and Career Networking Dinners.  Want to learn more about Career Networking Dinners?  See our blog post "Demystifying Career Networking Dinners"


Networking Dinners:

Brewster, MA - William (Skip) Atwater P‘2014, Business Consultant, Hewlett Packard;  Katherine Atwater P'14, 4th Grade School Teacher

Philadelphia, PA - Jennifer Brevoort ‘2000, Director of Networking Learning, Graduate! Network/ Adjunct Faculty, Drexel University’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement/ CoFounder, Pop-up Play

Newtown Square, PA - Holly McDevitt ‘1987, Managing Partner, Mockingbird Holdings, Inc.;  Matthew McDevitt '87, Executive VP of Real Estate BioMed Realty Trust

King of Prussia, PA - Brett Montich ‘2000, Financial Planner, MetLife;  Kyle Zimmerman '04, Director of Human Resources, Aramark; Donna Montich, High School Spanish teacher

Job Shadowing:

Chris Bowman ‘2000, Assistant Principal, Conewago Valley School District - New Oxford Middle School (Location: New Oxford, PA)  Shadow Description: As an administrator, they can see what we do on a daily basis. Every day is a new experience, so I cannot tell you what to expect on my end. We can also have students observe in classrooms and possibly even assist with activities if fitting. Tony Angelini '06 is an alum, so he will host students in his room, but as the AP, I am sure I can find other willing teachers to host future educators in various content areas. (Background check required; Clearances needed). Dinner is included with hosts in order to recap/debrief the events of the day.

Lauren Davis Catlett ‘2002, Principal, Uncommon Schools-Troy Prep Charter School (Location: Troy, NY)  Shadow Description: Shadow staff members at one of the highest-performing charter management organizations in the country. Students may shadow the principal, teachers in grades 5-8 in all content areas, or members of the operations team.

Gabby Garncarz ‘2005, Language Arts Teacher, Berlin Public Schools - McGee Middle School (Location: Berlin, CT)  Shadow Description: I am both a classroom teacher and team leader. Student shadows will experience a workshop environment in 7th grade reading and writing classes. Shadows should anticipate opportunities to participate in lessons and to take advantage of chances to interact with middle school students. Shadows will also observe team and/or department meetings, meet support staff, and have the opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions . Education is a two-way street, and Gettysburg College students have so much to offer!

Melissa Kiehl ‘2000, Teacher/Gifted and Talented, Howard County Public School System (Location: Ellicott City, MD)  Shadow Description: I can set up shadowing with any academic department based on students' interests. The Principal is also a Gettysburg graduate!

Lindsey Piecyk ‘2009, Development Coordinator; Private Voice/Piano Teacher, Theatre Horizon; Villanova University (Location: Philadelphia, PA)  Shadow Description: My job at Theatre Horizon is in Development, dealing with administrative/fundraising side of the Theatre. If we are currently in the run of a show the student could certainly sit in on rehearsal as part of the day. It would be an ideal fit for a student who is looking to get into theater and/or arts administration in general. My job as a music teacher would be great for a student who wants to see what teaching private voice/piano lessons is like, so depending on the time/day of the week, I teach in 3-7 hour windows at Villanova University. I also personally think that this would be a good fit for a student who might like to have a varied career in the arts. I can speak with them about the experience of working in performance, education, administration, fundraising, as well as the ups & downs of owning my own business (being a contractor). Read Lindsey's bio & resume here:

Louisa Polos ‘2008, English/Social Studies Teacher (6th Grade), Rippowam Cisqua School (Location: Bedford, NY)  Shadow Description: Spend the day in the life of a middle school English/Social Studies teacher

Andrea Powell P‘2014, Director/Teacher, School House Christian Preschool (Location: Hellertown, PA)  Shadow Description: Students studying Early Childhood Education would enjoy this opportunity to observe and interact with preschool age children. Our program is largely based on the Reggio Emilia approach. Our curriculum is, therefore, emergent. We use the children's interests to develop long-term, interdisciplinary projects. Visiting students would also have an opportunity to learn about our assessment, documentation and planning methods. Our school hours are 9:00 to 1:40; **Background check and clearances required**

Peter Vermilyea ‘1994, Social Studies Department Chair, Region One Schools (Housatonic Valley Regional High School) (Location: Falls Village, CT)  Shadow Description: Observe classes (teach a lesson if multi-day stay), discuss careers in education.

Sarah Wendt ‘1990, Director of Major Gifts, Young Women's Leadership Network (Location: New York, NY)  Shadow Description: This organization supports a network of all girls public schools and the College Bound Initiative, a college access program that has a partnership with Gettysburg admissions.

Mark Wursthorn ‘1996, Assistant Principal, Ellington High School (Location: Ellington, CT)  Shadow Description: I am an assistant principal in a high school.

You can browse the entire list of opportunities by Location.  You can also browse opportunities by category. You can easily search through the opportunities by hitting CTRL+F to bring up a search box in your web browser or PDF. 

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