Second Graders Will Miss Their High School Heroes

Shayla Betts with a group of students in Ms. Wright’s class.
Shayla Betts with a group of students in Ms. Wright’s class.
Walt Whitman students grab a quick group photo prior to leaving the campus for their respective primary centers.
Walt Whitman students grab a quick group photo prior to leaving the campus for their respective primary centers.
Nicole Franz works with a student in Ms. Farcas’s Oakwood class.
Nicole Franz works with a student in Ms. Farcas’s Oakwood class.
Whitman sophomore Lauren King helps a student in Ms. Farcas’s class.
Whitman sophomore Lauren King helps a student in Ms. Farcas’s class.
Rosie Favara, left, and Monica Henriquez enjoy teaching Ms. Kelly’s 2nd graders at Oakwood.
Rosie Favara, left, and Monica Henriquez enjoy teaching Ms. Kelly’s 2nd graders at Oakwood.
Clauaysia Betts and a small group of Ms. Wright’s 2nd graders work on their project.
Clauaysia Betts and a small group of Ms. Wright’s 2nd graders work on their project.
Oakwood’s group of High School Heroes take a lunch break, left to right: Nicole Franz, Clauaysia Betts, Shayla Betts, Rosaria Favara, and Monica Henriquez. Back row is New York Junior Achievement representative Chris Kelly.
Oakwood’s group of High School Heroes take a lunch break, left to right: Nicole Franz, Clauaysia Betts, Shayla Betts, Rosaria Favara, and Monica Henriquez. Back row is New York Junior Achievement representative Chris Kelly.
At Countrywood, Brittany Aikhuele has a student in Mr. Merola’s 2nd grade class come to the front to answer a question.
At Countrywood, Brittany Aikhuele has a student in Mr. Merola’s 2nd grade class come to the front to answer a question.
Whitman sophomore Kassandra Hernandez, helps a student in Ms. Bonamo’s and Ms. Zisel’s class.
Whitman sophomore Kassandra Hernandez, helps a student in Ms. Bonamo’s and Ms. Zisel’s class.
Whitman students in Ms. Burr’s class have a group come up to help collect taxes and to learn what they pay for. Left to right: Yasmin Mejia, Namra Gondal, and Mahum J. Siddiqui.
Whitman students in Ms. Burr’s class have a group come up to help collect taxes and to learn what they pay for. Left to right: Yasmin Mejia, Namra Gondal, and Mahum J. Siddiqui.
Whitman sophomore Mikal Oltedal explains to a student in Ms. Bonamo’s and Ms. Zisel’s class about good decision-making.
Whitman sophomore Mikal Oltedal explains to a student in Ms. Bonamo’s and Ms. Zisel’s class about good decision-making.

A few of the second-grade classes at both Oakwood and Countrywood Primary Centers in South Huntington have been actively engaged in the district's annual High School Heroes Junior Achievement Program. This program provides Whitman students with hands-on experience teaching in our primary schools. The High School Heroes program, prepared for South Huntington by Ms. Diane Zamow, Whitman’s school-to-career coordinator, allows high school students the opportunity to experience the teaching profession first-hand. Ms. Zamow worked in cooperation with Junior Achievement of New York to provide the high school students with the training, materials, lesson plans, and guidance necessary for their teaching success. Lessons were thoughtfully planned and delivered by our High School Heroes to support our second-grade social studies curriculum on the topic of “Our Community.” The focus of the unit was the interdependent roles of workers in the community and how communities work. 

Each lesson adhered to a specific learning objective and included a dynamic activity. In two half-day visits, second graders learned all about a wide range of job opportunities, assembly line production, the economic role of government, good decision-making, and how money is exchanged for goods and services. The classes were very impressed with the knowledge and professionalism displayed by their young “teachers” and were sorry to see the program come to a close. This is an experience, according to the kids, that they will never forget. Thank you, High School Heroes! 

Thank you Countrywood students and their teachers: Ms. Patti Burr, Ms. Marilyn Merola, and Ms. Lisa Bonamo/Ms. Kelly Zisel. Thank you also to Oakwood students and their teachers: Ms. Farkas, Ms. Wright, and Ms. Kelly.

This year’s High School Hero teachers from Walt Whitman were Edeifo B. Aikhuele, Clauaysia Betts, Shayla Betts, Rosaria Favara, Nicole Franz, Namra Gondal, Monica Henriquez, Kassandra Hernandez, Lauren N. King, Aranzha Y. Mejia, Mikal Oltedal, Alexis Restmeyer, and Mahum J. Siddiqui.