In a collaboration between the Levett Career Center, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Educator Preparation Program at Hanover College, we are excited to introduce COACH For Education, the first student to-alumni mentoring program directly targeted at students studying in the Education Department.
The COACH For Education Mentoring Program aims to connect rising juniors in the Education department with alumni mentors in relation to their interests and experience in the Education department or industry. For students, the program will:
- match junior and senior teacher candidates in the Education department with a Hanover alum based on answers to the Student Information Form
- provide key topics to discuss with an alumni mentor during their undergraduate college years
- provide a mentor who can provide guidance to move you forward in Hanover's Educator Preparation Program and into your post-graduation job placement
- offer an opportunity for 'real talk' with someone who is not a parent, counselor, or professor
For Education alumni mentors, the program will:
- reconnect you with Hanover College
- match you with a rising junior in the Education department based on your answers to the Alumni Information Form
- allow you to connect and share stories, expertise, and knowledge to students who are looking for guidance
- assist you to identify or enhance a skill set or style that may be beneficial in other areas of your personal or professional life
- aid in learning more about Generation Z - who could be your own children, coworkers, neighbors, or future doctors
- help you find joy in helping another who may not have access to the resources you had or have in your life
The COACH For Education intends to give opportunities for students and alumni to develop meaningful, lasting connections. What you will not see in the COACH For Education is a lot of requirements. A central thought for this program was accessibility. For the program to be equitable for any sophomore to participate, the program needs to allow flexibility, customization, and ownership of the mentorship between mentee and mentor. For alumni mentoring, experience is not needed - but interest is!
Training and monthly meetings will enhance a mentoring skill set. For students, answers are not required - but an answer-seeking attitude is! The opportunity for a mentor who is not a parent, relative, or peer gives room for "real talk."
Join the Coach for Education Mentoring Program today. Your match is waiting! The website is linked above!!
This website could not hold a list of the ways our graduates are employed using their education background! To be sure, MOST alumni do teach in a traditional classroom setting in schools all over the country. But many have careers that are outside of the typical "classroom teacher" scenario. We have grads working in other jobs that utilize the education coursework - some include:
- Educational Testing
- National Park Services
- Sylvan and other specialized learning centers
- Head Start and other preschools
- After school programming
- Children's Museum programming
- Educational Technology
- Maryknoll Alternative Schools
- School administration
- JET program
- Invisible Children Teacher Exchange
- Home School Co-op
- Educational publishing
- Social networking
- Education Association
- Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc.
- Girls, Inc.
- Native American Reservation schools
- Charter Schools
- United States Military
And many more....click the links below for some great examples!
Josh Franklin '10 teaching in Uganda with Invisible Children organization
Kelsey Hill '14 and Sara Lucas '12 enjoy challenges of teaching and coaching in remote Alaskan school
Ashlee Arbaugh '16 teaches Physical Education and Health in a school in Ethiopia