Loch Raven Technical Academy wows students with career choices


Loch Raven Technical Academy celebrated its first ever College and Career Preparedness Week during the week of April 29, 2013. The week was designed by LRTA’s School Counseling Office to encourage and inspire all students to begin considering future options.

Each day of the week was marked by a school-wide activity, and the week ended with a Career Exploration Day where more than 30 professionals from the Baltimore area spoke to students about their educational experiences and how those experiences contributed to their careers. Students asked the speakers many excellent questions and completed guidance lessons created to explore how their personal interests may connect to their future careers.

Students, staff and participants enjoyed the event and look forward to next year’s College and Career Preparedness Week. Special thank you to Principal Stacey Johnson, school counselors Jessica DeShields, Christina Sargent and Andrea Telford. Special thank you also goes to Jordan Filderman.

College and Career Preparedness Week Events:

Monday: Higher Education “Scavenger Hunt” Students were given a scavenger hunt worksheet and asked to find the teachers who have had experiences related to specific higher education and career paths. Completed worksheets were turned in for a raffle. The winner received a college t-shirt and bumper sticker.

Tuesday: “When I Grow Up” Day Students and staff dressed as their dream professions! The “best” dressed student in each lunch period received a college t-shirt and bumper sticker.

Wednesday: College Spirit Day Students and staff dressed up in their favorite college gear.

Thursday: Door Decoration Contest Teachers and staff decorated their classroom doors to represent the colleges they have attended! Doors were evaluated based on creativity, originality and overall school spirit. The decorated doors promoted great conversation between students and staff about staff members’ college experiences.

Friday: Career Day – Over 30 professionals from the Baltimore area spoke to our students about their educational experiences and how those experiences contributed to the field that they currently work in.

Career Day Speakers:

James Searles, TV news photojournalist
Renee Watson, business owner
Officer Gary Doucett, Baltimore County law enforcement
Rev. Alfred Bailey, New Psalmist Baptist Church Outreach Ministry
Lamar Williams, Baltimore County civil engineer
Major Johnny Delgado and Sargent Stephanie Delgado, Baltimore City law enforcement
Hannah Pillion, survey research analyst
Patricia Alderman and Officer Justin Halligan, Baltimore County Dept. of Corrections
Deborah Phelps, director, Education Foundation, Baltimore County
Tim Hayden, coordinator, Office of School Counseling, Baltimore County Public Schools
Jim Brochin, State Senator
Marc Lazerou, legislative aide/chief of staff for Senator Jim Brochin
Stanley White, head coach/owner, CrossFit
John D. Klein, national business development manager
Ann Prizzi, educator
Wayne Bark, personnel officer, Baltimore County Public Schools
Anisha Thompson, program director, Abilities Network
Honorable Joyce M. Baylor-Thompson, Orphan Court Judge
Barry Caudill, video game developer
Marietta English, president, Baltimore Teachers Union
Kathy R. Angstadt, manager, Padonia Park
Candice Denise, entrepreneur
Mike Esposito, administrative clerk, District Court of Maryland
Sara Rossm, mental health provider, Villa Maria
Teneshia Richards, financial analyst, Mercy Medical
Kevin Evans, school psychologist, Baltimore County Public Schools
Tim Devlin, landscape architect
Jessica Martin, work specialist, M&T Bank
Stefanie Rose, medical technologist



Story and photos submitted by Emily Mello, Spanish Teacher, Good News Ambassador and SADD Advisor, Loch Raven Technical Academy
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