Purpose: The externship experience helps teachers connect classroom content with students’ future career interests and helps students develop both the academic and technical skills required in the world they are preparing to enter.
Teachers@Work-Twin Counties, piloted July 29-August 2, 2019 as the Teacher Summer Externship Program, was very successful. This unique professional development opportunity paired local middle school STEM coaches/teachers with employers from the Twin Counties for a five-day, forty-hour week, real-life work experience. Teachers selected for this program also attended STEP’s Education and Business Leader’s Summit, developed and implemented a project-based lesson for students, and shared their experience with colleagues and with our Board of Directors.
Externships provide teachers with first-hand exposure to our industries which helps them tie classroom curriculum to real-world applications. With this discovery teachers can design and implement classroom activities and projects that add relevance and meaning to student’s classroom learning.
Thank you to our 2019 teacher externs and industry partners.
2019 Industry Partners and Summer Externs/School System
City of Rocky Mount, Parks and Recreation Dept. Kimberly Gay/NRMS
City of Rocky Mount, Water Resources Dept. Hazel Lewis/ECPS
City of Rocky Mount, Water Resources Dept. Susan Varnell/NRMS
Cummins, Rocky Mount Engine Plant Rebecca Stokes/ECPS
Cummins, Rocky Mount Engine Plant Rita Hedgepeth/NRMS
Kanban Logistics Karey Pierre/ECPS
Keihin Carolina System Technology Lisa McElwee/ECPS