EDUCATION ROUNDTABLES
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Capstone Campus Room


Are you looking to successfully prepare for your job search?

Do you have questions about what to do at teacher recruitment fairs? 

Do you want advice from principals, human resources personnel, teachers, and other experts?


To effectively prepare for the upcoming job fairs, and job searching in general, learn
from industry experts during this exciting professional development event!

Prepare for your interactions with industry experts by reviewing the list of roundtable topics and participants below.  Check back often for additional information and updates.

Wednesday, January 22

**Speakers will spend 15 minutes sharing information with students on a specific topic. Students will move to a different table when the moderator announces that it is time to rotate.

Industry experts will share information on the following topics:

  • Resumes & Cover Letters: What Administrators Look For
  • Making the Most of Your Networking Opportunities
  • Interviewing 101: Giving Great Answers + Tips for Using Your Portfolio During an Interview
  • Hi, My Name is ___: Successfully Developing Your Elevator Speech
  • Be a Superstar: How to Standout at a Teacher Recruitment Fair
  • Experiences of an Early Childhood Educator
  • Experiences of a Secondary Educator
  • Insights from a First Year Teacher: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Teaching
  • Insights from a Secondary Educator: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Teaching
  • Alternative Careers for Educators
  • Navigating ADEPT
  • The Arts in Education

Student Registration

This event begins at 5:00 p.m. and the first roundtable session will begin promptly at 5:10 p.m. To ensure a smooth check-in process, you should pre-register for this event.

Complete the student registration form.

Roundtable Participants

Roundtable Participants
Arts in Education

Ms. Nancy Frick, 2nd Grade Educator
A.C. Moore Elementary School, Richland One

Insights from a First Year Teacher

Ms. Sarah Layman, 2nd Grade Educator
Windsor Elementary School, Richland Two

Ms. Lara McConnaughhay, Kindergarten Teacher
South Kilbourne Elementary, Richland One

Hi, My Name is ________: Successfully Developing Your Elevator Speech

Dr. Falicia Harvey, Director of Teacher Education
Columbia College

Interviewing 101: Giving Great Answers + Tips for Using Your Portfolio During an Interview

Dr. Julia Kaczor, Principal
Northside Middle School, Lexington Two

Ms. Alcyon “Alli” Smalls*, Career Specialist
C.A. Johnson High School, Richland One

Be a Superstar: How to Standout at a Teacher Recruitment Fair

Ms. Kimberly Scott, Coordinator for Support Staff Quality and Development, Lexington One

Mrs. Winnie Brown, Coordinator of Certified Personnel
Lexington/Richland Five (Human Resources)

Making the Most of Your Networking Opportunities

Dr. Baron Davis, Principal
Spring Valley High School, Richland Two

Resumes & Cover Letters: What Administrators Look For

Ms. C.R. Hall, Principal
Busbee Creative Arts Academy, Lexington Two

Teaching Abroad

Dr. Alexandra Rowe, Director, English Program for International Students, University of South Carolina

Experiences of a Secondary Educator

Ms. Yolanda Bennett, Science Educator
 W.J. Keenan High School, Richland One

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Teaching

Dr. Chris Burkett, Associate Professor & Head, Division of Education, Columbia College

Experiences of an Early Childhood Educator

Ms. Erin Thompson, Teacher
USC Child Development Center

Ms. Heather Merson, Teacher
USC Child Development Center

Navigating ADEPT

Ms. Erin McGee, Social Studies Teacher
W.J. Keenan High School, Richland One

Check back often for updates as more speakers are confirmed! This list will grow!

Event Schedule

Rotation 1    5:10 - 5:25
Rotation 2    5:28 - 5:43
Rotation 3    5:46 - 6:01
Rotation 4    6:04 - 6:19
Rotation 5    6:22 - 6:37
Rotation 6    6:40 - 6:55
Rotation 7    6:58 - 7:13
Closing         7:15 - 7:30 (After closing announcements, there will be approximately 15 minutes for optional networking)

Education Roundtable Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Where is the event? In the Career Center, 6th floor of the H. William Close (BA) Building.
  2. What should I wear? Although there is not a dress code, business casual (e.g., teacher clothes) is recommended.
  3. What should I bring? 1) Materials to take notes 2)Resume and cover letteróbring drafts to make notes based on tips and advice from speakers. Bring clean copies just in case, remember this is a networking opportunity for you as well.
  4. What if Iím not interested in the speakerís topic, but I want to network with the speaker? Sit at their table. Face time is important. Additionally, you might be able to connect with the speaker during the optional networking period.
  5. Should I ask questions? Yes, use the list above to develop questions for speakers based on things like their job, employer, expertise, etc. For example, you might want to ask a speaker from human resources about a typical timeline for hiring, how certification reciprocity is handled, stages of the interview process, etc.
  6. Do I need to follow up? If you make a meaningful connection with a speaker, send them a thank you note.