We began celebrating National Catholic Schools week at our school with Career Day on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. We invited parents, alumni, parishioners, and community members to talk to our students about their jobs. At St. Raymond of Penafort School, our mission is to prepare students for the world that awaits and make sure they are aware of many possibilities for their future. Students may feel that it will be a long time before they enter the full-time work force. We strive to help them understand that their elementary education is preparing them for the days ahead.
Among our presenters was Judge Lucretia Clemens who serves in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Judge Clements has been a member of St. Raymond’s parish for many years. For Judge Clemen’s presentation, students participated in a mock hearing. They learned a great deal about the judicial system as they played different roles in the “courtroom”. Judge Clemens explained the importance of serving for jury duty and registering to vote when the students turn 18.
Justin Campbell, CPA is a graduate of St. Raymond School and so happy to return for a day! Justin is now a certified public accountant (CPA) and serves as a Manager of Strategy and Operations for Comcast. Justin put together a power point presentation that focused on different careers that can be pursued as a CPA. Students asked him questions about the amount of education needed to be a CPA, the type of math used, and the places he traveled to for work. Justin also talked about other careers he had considered when he was in elementary school. His motivation for becoming a CPA stemmed from wanting a career with the 76sixers.
Brandi DeVeaux, BA, MOT, OTR/L is an occupational therapist (OT). She played power point presentation as well as some tools she uses at work. These really give the children a visual understanding of her profession. She talked about many of the ways she could help someone who had suffered a stroke. Students learned the steps they would be have to complete get them from elementary school to a career in one of the allied health professions such as OT. Once Brandi explained the difference between the physical therapist and an occupational therapist and how helpful this profession could be, a few staff members requested her business card!
The minute Justin Campbell let his Comcast co-worker Jamar Johnson know that he was participating in Career Day, Jamar decided that he also wanted to inspire students by talking about this profession. Jamar works in the vast field of information technology as an HR Systems Quality Manager. Jamar kept students engaged by asking them what they knew about team work and problem solving. He went on to explain why these things are so important to being successful at work, in school and at home.
Cindy Lyles is also an alum of St. Raymond School. She also has two daughters who currently attend our school in Kindergarten and forth grade. She presented the field of Information Technology. She talked about building computers and smartphones. She brought in a circuit board for students to see and touch. In addition to her career, Cindy talked about the importance of being a well-rounded individual. She shared her love of art with the students, and brought in a couple of her paintings to show the students. She let them know that they could do anything they set their mind to do at any point in their life. She is currently a doctoral candidate for PhD in Bio-Technology.
Staff Sergeant Stephen D. Valentine has served in the United States Army for a number of years. His two sons attend our school in the forth grade and Pre-Kindergarten. He encouraged our students not to give up on their dreams. He talked about the meaning of respect, showing respect and being respected. The students were told that education matters in every situation. Those who serve in the military must pass one or more tests to be admitted. Joining the army is also the ultimate way to be a service. Samia Fox is a 6th grade student who appears in this picture. She tells us that she very proud and grateful to Mr. Valentine for his service to our country.