March 18, 2013
Communications and Marketing
On Monday, March 11, Saint Anselm students in the field of education were receiving an education of their own as they took part in mock interviews with principals from around New Hampshire. The 12 seniors with elementary education majors or secondary education minors sat down with ten current and former school principals from the Manchester, Derry, Bedford, Londonderry and Merrimack school districts to discuss how the students should conduct themselves in future interviews.
In the 7th annual event arranged by education department chair and professor Laura Wasielewski, the students were given the opportunity to network with men and women who could potentially be their future employers. During the event held at Joseph Hall, each student received direct feedback from five of the ten principals in attendance, including two Saint Anselm College alumni Ed Joyce and '94 and Frank Hoell '73, who instructed them on how to organize their résumés and cover letters, giving students the opportunity to see just what their employers would be looking for when they apply for jobs in the very near future.
Described as "a favorite event of the principal and the student," which the principals often view as a "win, win situation," Professor Wasielewski noted that it really helps the students make connections, which are essential to the "relational" field of education. In addition, some students were able to obtain substitute teaching positions by many of the principals in attendance.
"What is really affirming for me is that the principals speak very highly of the students' preparation. They are strong in their content and pedagogy," said Professor Wasielewski, who has been running this event since 2006.
However, it is not just the principals that speak highly of the event, as Lauren Ross '13 says, " I am very thankful that area principals took time out of their busy schedules to come in and meet with the senior education majors. The mock interviews provided me with an excellent insight on how the interview process works. It was a great experience which allowed me to start networking and get my name out there."
The event was a success for all in attendance, and as the seniors approach graduation, they are grateful for this experience which will be extremely beneficial to them in their search for employment.
Story by Meagan Cox '15
Photos by Dao Le '15