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 6 by 11:59 p.m.

Not sure if you want to apply?

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:

Washington, D.C. - Bruce Chamberlin '1986, Senior Associate Director of Admissions, Georgetown University; Thomas Chiarolanzio '1989, Sr. Assoc. Dean, Georgetown College, Georgetown University (Academic Advising); Michael Nixon '2010, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions, University of Maryland (Enrollment Management); and Megan Smith '1996, Attorney, U.S. Department of Education (Legal Counsel, Title IV Programs)

Bedford, NY (or possibly New York City)- Louisa Polos '2008, Graduate Student – Columbia University’s Teachers College (NYC0; Former 6th Grade English/Social Studies Teacher.

Gettysburg, PA - Susan Pyron '1983, Associate Vice President of Annual Giving, Alumni and Parent Relations; Amanda DeFalco, Assistant Director of Annual Giving-Alumni Giving, of Gettysburg College

Arlington, VA - Brent LaRosa '2000, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State; Kathryn Porch '2002, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

Job Shadowing:

Dana Arranz, P'2020, Owner, The Goddard School (King of Prussia, PA). Shadow Description: Learn about the field of Early Childhood Education while being immersed in the classroom setting. Learn what it is like to open and maintain your own business.

Karen Farquharson, '2005, Principal, Montessori del Mundo Charter School (Aurora, CO). Shadow Description: Montessori del Mundo is a bilingual Montessori charter school serving a diverse population of students in Aurora CO. If you are interested in urban education, ESL, bilingual education, or using your Spanish degree in the real world we invite you to shadow our school.

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!

Kathy Klassen, P'2019, School Psychologist, Clarkstown Central Schools - Clarkstown South High School (West Nyack, NY). Shadow Description: I have worked as a school psychologist for the last 22 years. No two days have ever been the same!

Mary Lou Meehan, P'2020, 4th Grade Teacher, Haverford Township School District – Chestnutwold Elementary School (Ardmore, PA). Shadow Description: Spend a day with a fourth grade teacher. Observe a busy homeroom, accelerated math class, and mixed ability language arts class in the morning. Watch how a prep period is utilized for planning, copying, grading, and/or collaboration. Be treated to a cafeteria lunch eaten in the faculty dining room. In afternoon language arts, help out with a read-aloud, then witness the writing block lesson. Assist the teacher in the set up and implementation of the science lesson. Driver’s license needed for admittance due to school security system.

Lindsey Piecyk ‘2009, Director of Individual Giving; Theatre Horizon (Location: Philadelphia, PA)  Shadow Description: My job at Theatre Horizon is in Development, dealing with administrative/fundraising side of the arts. It would be an ideal fit for a student who is looking to get into theater and/or arts administration in general. I am also a private lessons music teacher at Villanova University two days a week, if a student is interested in shadowing during that experience - best dates would be Jan. 17 or 20. Read Lindsey's bio & resume here:

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**

Paula Prentis, P'2020, Co-Founder, Author, Speaker, Your Self Series (Bedford Hills, NY). Shadow Description: Come spend a day with a mental health professional. See how a small company runs, including the failures and successes. Learn the details of the program's initiatives - to provide social emotional learning and teen identity development programs and services to educators nationwide. You will come to a residence. I'll listen to your interests in psychology, mental health, teen health, product development, research, neuroscience, social work and more. Then I'll explain what I do, how I started and many details of running your own company, writing books and helping communities and families. If your interests align with mental health and education, this is a strong opportunity for you to learn a great deal about it. You can also learn more at

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.

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

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