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Experts Provide Insight to Elementary Students

This year, Amanda D. Leszczuk, the district’s director of college & career counseling, and Brittany Meyer, school counselor, hosted inaugural Career Passport events at both elementary schools. During these events, all 5th and 6th grade students had the option to visit different career stations, which were hosted by at least two professionals, who spoke about their careers and demonstrated their craft with props, anecdotes and insight. Twenty-three professionals spoke about arts, business, education, government, manufacturing, natural sciences, social sciences or technology.

The students will then each complete a career passport, on which they will indicate their level of interest in each station they visited and reflected on what they learned.

"This was a fantastic event, giving the kids so much exposure to real-life experts," said Kristry Bruck, 5th grade teacher at Mariemont Elementary. "And the kids loved it. They were intrigued by the visitors and the honest perspective they provided. We look forward to doing it again next year."

Thank you to all of the professionals who made this learning opportunity possible for our students. 

Carolyn Falknor - Interior Designer
Sue Feeney - Physician with Oncology Hematology Care, Inc.
Jenny Ciolino - Research Nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Laura Wilson - Lawyer
Amy Smith - Naturalist from Great Parks of Hamilton County
Marc Michaelson - Founder and owner of Michaelson Homes 
Lynn Bolender - Aerospace Engineer at General Electric
Jamie Flerlage - marketing EVP for a technology company
Steve Duff - IT Consultant
Julie Gibson - CBA Attorney for Procter & Gamble 
Linda Lee - Principal at Terrace Park Elementary
Tom Zaya - Teacher at Terrace Park Elementary
Heather Alexander - Teacher at Terrace Park Elementary 
Dan Policastro - Mayor of Mariemont
Lisa Barlow - Graphic Communication Design Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati
Datina Juran - Graphic Communication Design Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati
Sara Fehring - Education Assistant at Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District
Tyler Swinney - Archaeologist at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History & Sciences
Mike Karaus - Geologist at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History & Sciences
Kevin Frye - Wealth Management Advisor/Senior Vice President of Wealth Management and Financial Services at Merrill Lynch
Jason Kiefer - Mariemont Police & Fire
Tom Ostendarp - Mariemont Police & Fire
Ericka Simmons - Principal at Mariemont Elementary