Monday, September 25, 2017

This is our Career & Technical Education Team... please visit our blog at  for current happenings in our department at Carroll Magnet Middle School!  We will support our Annual Sami 5K in October, please sign up and join us!

We have such a talented team, and if you would like to be a Guest Speaker in any of our classrooms, please let me know and I will set this up for you.  This could be a Virtual Field Trip if you would like to walk our students through your website, videos, hands on activities, and any other information that would teach them about your career!  Thank you for your time in visiting our blogs!

Welcome Back & CDC News

So grateful to be back at Carroll Magnet Middle full time...last year I served two schools as a new Career Development Coordinator.  Served as a School Counselor at all educational levels K-12 for 12 years, the last three at this is my 5th year serving our middle school.  This year I am continuing as a CDC, Career Counselor and teaching three elective classes of Career Decisions, 6th, 7th & 8th grades.  Career Decisions helps students explore who they are, their interests, values, personality and how those match different careers.  We will continue to have Career Cafe monthly, and will be in my classroom, since my room is across from our school cafe!  Our Business Alliance will meet quarterly, so grateful for our amazing Volunteers.  Our Mentoring program is kicking off October 13th, in a new collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, Captrust, and Carroll, 15 students who will job shadow on site with a Captrust professional twice monthly.  Our own mentoring program will continue with Mentors who worked with our 6th and 7th grade students last year and our new 6th grade students who need a Mentor, will be matched as we have new Volunteers sign up.  I am also setting up Guest Speakers for our classrooms all over our school, and Off Site Learning Experiences, formerly known as field trips!  I will be advising a new Club at Carroll, FCCLA, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thank you to Keisha Demps for being our Guest Speaker at Career Cafe!

Our last Career Cafe at Centennial Campus Middle School featured Keisha Demps, Partnership Developer at Centennial Campus at NC State University! Keisha shared this about her background...

  I am from Northern California and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 with a BA in Communications.  In HS I played Basketball, Volleyball and competed in Track and Field.  In 2016 I was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame for Contra Costa Co. for Best All Around Female Athlete.  I received a scholarship for Basketball and Volleyball, later continued playing professionally for two years.  During that time I was blessed to have been able to train with the US National Volleyball team.  I coached at the collegiate lever for 10 years before retiring in 2010.

So Ms. Demps shared with our student athletes in 8th grade about her experiences and they were able to ask her questions.  Thank you for sharing your wealth of experience with our students! 

Thank You Kristin Stewart from Cii for speaking at our last Career Cafe at Carroll!

Our Last Career Cafe for the school year at Carroll Magnet Middle had Kristin Stewart, CFO from Cii Technologies, and from our Business Alliance as our Guest Speaker!

Career Cafe Video

Monday, May 15, 2017

End of Year FBLA Club Event

Parents of our FBLA Club members are invited to our end of year Celebration next Wednesday.  Our students at Centennial Campus Middle have worked with Toastmasters from Centennial Campus on Leadership and Public Speaking! We will demonstrate what they have learned & practiced, as well as have refreshments to wrap up our school year.  Invitation for Parents

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April has been loaded with Career Activities at BOTH of my schools...Centennial Campus Magnet Middle and Carroll Leadership in Technology Magnet Middle!!  Career Fairs, Guest Speakers, Field Trips, Business Alliance, Career Cafes, FBLA Club, Mentoring, my personal favorite, cannot wait to upload photos soon! Scooting off for another wonderful Field Trip... so ta ta for now... : )

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Leader in Me Symposium

Very grateful for the opportunity to attend The Leader in Me Symposium in Spartanburg, South Carolina with my Principal from one of my schools, Carroll LT Magnet Middle, Elizabeth MacWilliams, and three of our wonderful Teachers.  We had the opportunity to learn more about how to apply the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens in our school, and both of the schools that I serve are Covey Leadership schools.  What impressed me the most was learning more about Habit 8...Finding your Voice.  After visiting a Lighthouse School together, touring and hearing the students give amazing speeches in front of hundreds of adults, I was inspired!  When I get inspired, I put ideas into practice.  So when we returned, I decided to contact Toastmasters, a worldwide organization that teaches the art of Public Speaking to anyone...for free!  I found and contacted a local young professional who is willing to come into my schools to help students develop these skills.  We will begin with the FBLA Club and Public Speaking  is one of our events at our state competition next school year.  Very excited to see how our students grow and change and become leaders.  For more information visit 
I had the opportunity to share about this experience with my PLT, Professional Learning Team of Career Development Coordinators, like myself, from all over the county.