High School Heroes Enjoy Teaching Opportunity

Carla Lucana, reviews the “community” assignment with her students in Ms. Farkas’s class at Oakwood.
Carla Lucana, reviews the “community” assignment with her students in Ms. Farkas’s class at Oakwood.
Alexandra Gerard, in Ms. Merola’s class, helps a student identify an important community member.
Alexandra Gerard, in Ms. Merola’s class, helps a student identify an important community member.
Students in Ms. Burr’s class at Countrywood loved their guest teachers, Diandra Hubbard, left and Samia Akram.
Students in Ms. Burr’s class at Countrywood loved their guest teachers, Diandra Hubbard, left and Samia Akram.
At Countrwood, Ms. Zisel, (back left) and her class, at take a group photo of their guest teachers Julianna Richter (back 2nd left) and Letitia Sammut. (back 3rd left).
At Countrwood, Ms. Zisel, (back left) and her class, at take a group photo of their guest teachers Julianna Richter (back 2nd left) and Letitia Sammut. (back 3rd left).
Mason Kraese reviews his student’s assignment in Ms. Merola’s class at Countrywood.
Mason Kraese reviews his student’s assignment in Ms. Merola’s class at Countrywood.
David Kwakye and a student in Ms. Farkas’s class talk about Firemen, Police Officers and EMT Volunteers, all important members of a community.
David Kwakye and a student in Ms. Farkas’s class talk about Firemen, Police Officers and EMT Volunteers, all important members of a community.
Casey Martin works with an Oakwood second-grader in Ms. Baumbach’s class.
Casey Martin works with an Oakwood second-grader in Ms. Baumbach’s class.
Ms. Wright’s class at Oakwood enjoyed the special day with Kinza Mirza (left), and Moesha Watson.
Ms. Wright’s class at Oakwood enjoyed the special day with Kinza Mirza (left), and Moesha Watson.
At Oakwood, the class of Ms. Renda and Ms. Tafe are introduced to a poster depicting a typical community. Here they are in the process about learning about it’s components from Samia Akaram (left) and Sammaria Gaines.
At Oakwood, the class of Ms. Renda and Ms. Tafe are introduced to a poster depicting a typical community. Here they are in the process about learning about it’s components from Samia Akaram (left) and Sammaria Gaines.
Mardoche Pierre hands out the morning assignment to Ms. Baumbach’s class at Oakwood.
Mardoche Pierre hands out the morning assignment to Ms. Baumbach’s class at Oakwood.
Katherine Cox, left, and Brittany Ferrante work with their second-graders in Ms. Kapps class about 2 different types of production that may be used in a bakery.
Katherine Cox, left, and Brittany Ferrante work with their second-graders in Ms. Kapps class about 2 different types of production that may be used in a bakery.
High School Heroes grab a quick photo before they head off to Oakwood and Countrywood Primary Centers.
High School Heroes grab a quick photo before they head off to Oakwood and Countrywood Primary Centers.

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, 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. “Sixteen high school students, who have a career interest in elementary education, plan lessons with Junior Achievement materials and teach second grade for a full day at Oakwood and Countrywood,” said Ms. Zamow.  Junior Achievement of New York provides 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. 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 to Oakwood students and their teachers: Ms. Farkas, Ms. Wright, and Ms. Bombach, Ms. Renda, and Ms. Tafe. Thank you also to Countrywood students and their teachers: Ms. Burr, Ms. Merola, Ms. Zisel, and Ms. Kapps.

This year’s High School Hero teachers from Walt Whitman were: Samia Akram, Kirandeep Cheema, Katherine Cox, Brittany Ferrante, Sammaria Gaines, Alexandra Gerard, Diandra Hubbard, Mason Kraese, David Kwakye, Carla Lucana, Casey Martin, Kinza Mirza, Mardoche Pierre, Julianna Richter, Letitia Sammut, and Moesha Watson.