Intern of the Month

Internships
Posted on 11/28/2017
DecIntrn The Twin Valley Interns of the Month, for December, are seniors Samantha Stine, Maria Morris and Kaylee Welch. All three of these strong young interns have the same mentor: Ms. Patricia Bowen, Twin Valley Video Production Instructor. During their internship, they assist in working with and teaching a class of 29 students while honing their skills in editing with Adobe’s Premiere, a video editing software program. The “difficulty” level of this program is one that anyone would be challenged to learn on her own.

Sam, Kaylee, and Maria help the class by working individually with small groups of students to develop their projects. Many students need personal attention to complete projects, and all three interns share the responsibility to help everyone. Working together daily has brought them closer together. Sam commented, “I have no problem asking for help.” She knows that she can rely on her partners. All three interns complement one another’s skills as well, with each bringing something unique to the table. Having had different experiences with the program, they each help to create a surefire safety net for any student.

The girls have incredibly different plans for using the skills they learned with Ms. Bowen. Sam plans to pursue social networking and use the experience she has now to create a platform in her own way. Kaylee plans to study nursing, and would like to use her production skills to make instructional videos for medical procedures. Maria is undecided at the moment, but this experience has developed her passion for video production which she plans to use in a future career.

All three interns have enjoyed their time with Ms. Bowen. They were clearly filled with sentiment when asked to talk about their most memorable mentor moment. Maria talked about Ms. Bowen finding a highlight video she made in the summer and playing it for the class in an effort to showcase her great talent. She realized how much Ms. Bowen believed in her. Kaylee commented that Ms. Bowen really believes in her abilities. Kaylee also said that the way Ms. Bowen comforts her with the assurance that “it’s alright to not know what you want to do just yet” is a shining part of her relationship with her mentor. Sam shared a story about a time she was sick and needed to leave class to see the school nurse. Mrs. Bowen later visited her in the nurse’s office to see if she was alright. Sam expressed, “that’s when I knew that Ms. Bowen really cared about us.”

Mrs. Bowen is just as appreciative of her interns, expressing how important they are in her classroom: “Kaylee Welch, Maria Morris and Sam Stine have really earned this honor. They are all intelligent, articulate, responsible young women. Like many young women, they tended to stay in the background. Throughout these 9 weeks, I challenged them to step up and be seen and to own their knowledge and abilities. They all have engaged their peers and can now proudly embrace their skills and talents as cinematographers, editors, and teachers. Working in a television studio as a woman is, in some ways, like working in engineering, so it hasn't been easy. I am very proud of their accomplishments and I couldn't have managed 29 video production students without their help.”

The girls wanted to add a note specifically for their teacher as well: “Thank you Mrs. Bowen, for always being there, being funny, and expecting so much from us so we succeed.” We wish them all future success in doing what they love. Congratulations December Interns of the Month!

For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, please contact Angela Morgan…amorgan@tvsd.org or Gwen Werner…gwerner@tvsd.org.


November, 2017 - Julia Danilak


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The Twin Valley Intern of the Month for November is Julia Danilak. Julia interns at Brandywine Hospital in the anesthesiology department observing operations and working closely with various surgeons. Julia enjoys being in the medical environment and will also explore the criminal justice field with an additional internship at the Birdsboro Courthouse in the spring.

Julia’s Internship Coordinator, Angela Morgan, said “I am impressed with Julia’s determination and follow-through concerning the large amount of paperwork she had to complete in order to take part in her internship; she clearly was focused and her patience and determination was admirable.” Julia’s mother was also excited by her initiative saying, “This internship is contributing to her overall development and responsibility. Getting up and out of the house by 6:10 am is no easy feat! Julia comes home and excitedly tells me stories about the new experiences every day at the hospital.”

Julia has the opportunity to “scrub in” on multiple operations with the surgeons and watch them perform. She has an insight that many of us cannot comprehend about the intricacies of surgery. When asked about her most interesting aspect, the tie was between the days she witnessed open heart surgery and lung surgery. Julia spent an entire day at the hospital to watch the surgeons perform real, life-saving procedures only inches in front of her! Julia plans to study Pre-Med in college and pursue work in the medical field where she, too, can have an opportunity to save lives!

Best wishes, Julia, with your future career goals!

For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, contact Angela Morgan (610.286.8638) amorgan@tvsd.org OR Gwen Werner (610.286.8637) gwerner@tvsd.org.

Story written by Alex Bell, class of 2018.


October, 2017 - Shawn McGinnis


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Shawn McGinnis, a Twin Valley High School senior, is the intern of the month for September 2017. Shawn’s internships are focused on History. His passion for history started at a young age, when he began watching war movies with his father. His sharp memory made it easy for him to study and he believes knowing the past is even more important today.

Shawn wants to study History next year at Gettysburg College, and is participating in multiple internships to help determine his focus for further study. He spends his time working with three separate mentors: Susan DeFaber, and Christopher Aulenbach, history teachers at Twin Valley High School and Dr. Blessing from Alvernia University.

Shawn works with Dr. Tim Blessing, gathering information for a new course at Alvernia. Shawn spends two, nearly five hour, sessions with him each week; much to the delight of Blessing, saying, “Shawn has stepped into a situation where I needed a reliable and hard-working intern and he has proven himself indispensable. His hard-work in an area where he has had to educate himself practically overnight has helped a class live up to its potential”.

His time with the teachers here at Twin Valley is just as impressive, helping both Defaber and Aulenbach with classes for one period every day. The time he spends interning adds up to nearly 25 hours every week. The knowledge he gains with teachers, Shawn says, is invaluable. He described the method he learned to generate a lesson plan, called “using a rabbit hole”. He researches the information he intends to teach the class and then searches for related information because “history is not linear”.

Shawn enjoys his internships and says, “I think it’s beneficial to me and anyone who wants to better their knowledge and understanding, and figure out what they want to do with their life. You can't get an experience like that in class”. Shawn’s mentors enjoy having him just as much, DeFaber praising, “Shawn is someone who is always looking for an opportunity to further his knowledge. Additionally, he will come in early and stay late to finish a task or ask for added responsibility”, and Aulenbach adding, “He is a beacon of light, who on a daily basis, enlightens our class”.

Shawn is a natural historian and has a passion for time machines. Shawn decided that if he ever time traveled that the first person he would find would be a World War II veteran named Audie Murphy. Murphy was a hero who saved hundreds by holding off a nazi assault while wounded and alone, leaving him a hero that Shawn would have loved to meet.

Shawn wants people to know that history is still living around us. He quoted John Green, “The real lesson will last the rest of your life, and it will all be on the test. History is like a test and if you pass it, you’ll make a better future”.

For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, please contact Angela Morgan…amorgan@tvsd.org or Gwen Werner…gwerner@tvsd.org.  


Story by Alex Bell, Class of 2018






May, 2017


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At Twin Valley High School, it is a typical day for students to gain opportunities in the “real world.”  For example, a student interested in becoming a police officer may job shadow or intern in the criminal justice career field and participate in a ride-along with local police departments as well as observe court cases and take the opportunity to speak to professionals within the courtroom. 

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Students interested in medical may have the opportunity to see a baby being born and observe various operations and medical procedures, including dentistry and orthodontic surgeries. 

Recently, a young man had the opportunity to participate in a real estate showing of a luxury property where he assisted the agent in explaining and guiding prospective clients.

Students interested in marketing may work with various companies including the Santander Arena where concerts, games, and events take place—what a great “sneak peek” behind the scenes!  Sports-related careers are gaining popularity—many students choose to explore these areas by interning with physical therapists, athletic trainers, and sports marketing and management students with our local baseball team, “The Reading Fightin’ Phils” as well as Maple Grove Raceway. 

Students interested in chemistry and biology have experience working with tissue cultures as they target cancer detection and treatment.  Our local wastewater treatment plant provides opportunities for students to learn more about testing water samples and the biological processes of breaking down waste. 

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Other interesting areas include:  education, business, accounting, restaurant management, architecture, veterinary medicine, funeral planning and directing, fashion and design, cosmetology, image consulting, social work and non-profit business.  

We believe students learn “by doing.”  Benefits for students include offers for summer and part-time employment, networking with professionals who can guide them in career and college-planning, scholarships, and stipends.  

THANK YOU to the following businesses who hosted our interns this year:

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 A J Blosenski Trash & Recycling Services, AAA Travel, Aardvark Animal Hospital, Bark Avenue, Beam’s Woodworking, Berks Animal Rescue League, Brandywine Hospital, Bruce Baer Accounting, Caernarvon Township, Children’s Clinic of Wyomissing, Country Companion Animal Hospital, Downingtown Family Practice, DRS Product Returns, E.A. Funk Company, Eagle Disposal, Elverson EMT, French Creek Golf Club, Genesis Chiropractic, Goodwill Morgantown, Green Valleys Watershed Association, Health South Reading Rehabilitation, Holiday Inn, Honey Brook Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Honey Brook Veterinarian Hospital, Iron Mountains LLC, Judge Glass/Birdsboro Court, Keares Electric, Keller Williams Real Estate, Kurtz Fish Hatchery, Laura Vilardo, Leiss Orthodontics, Ludwig’s Village Market, Mishock Physical Therapy, Morphotek, Nature’s Accent Taxidermy, New Beginnings, New Castle Lawn and Landscape, NovaCare Rehabilitation, Nuse’s Deli, Performance Food Centers/Simple Again, Phoenix Rehabilitation Services, Reading Fightin’ Phils, Reading Pediatrics, Robeson Township, Rush Law Group, RV Industries, Santander Arena, Singer Equipment, Spring Meadow Farm, State Farm Insurance, Style Encore, Tel Hai Retirement Community, The Whitford Corporation, The Windmill Restaurant, Thomas Daylily Farm, Twin Valley School District, Twisted Scissors, US Army, ViWinco, Walmart, Weiser Engineering, Westtown East Goshen Police Department, Whole Child Learning Center, William F. Hammell Nursery, and Yoder’s Country Market.

 For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, please contact Angela Morgan (amorgan@tvsd.org) or Gwen Werner (gwerner@tvsd.org).

Photo Captions:

 Jess Kern, Leiss Orthodontics; Lillian Nale with Mentor Dr. Jenn Colins, Honey Brook Animal Hospital; Skyler Erb, Office Clerk at Caernarvon Township; Sam Karwic, Morphotek






 March, 2017 - Cara Higginbottom, Emma Kertis, Tyler Blickley, and Aidan Porter

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Three years ago, TVHS students were interested in helping elementary students who wanted to learn string instruments, and created a new internship opportunity!  Two high school Interns started the “strings” program with 7 students—forward to 3 years later—and 4 interns are currently working with approximately 40 students!!

TVEC Music Teacher, Melissa Ebeling, said the interns “…create a great atmosphere for learning—they evaluate students and develop learning strategies to meet varying student needs…the interns create games to help review content—they have good classroom management, and use clear language when giving directions and preparing students to play.”

Intern Cara Higginbottom, (who recently represented TVHS in a symphony orchestra at the Young Artists Performance Series at Carnegie Hall) “…strongly believes that learning how to play a musical instrument helps with child development and gives everyone a source of joy listening to the music.”

The interns continue to create and build a solid rapport with the elementary students helping them with note reading and playing.  These students show a great deal of commitment, leadership, and initiative as they seek ways to actively engage students and make learning fun!

Congratulations to the TVEC “Strings” Interns!  Thank you for all you do to inspire the elementary students to pursue their musical passions.  Thank you, to Mrs. Ebeling, as well as High School Music Teacher, Tonna Dieter, for all your help and guidance with the TVEC Strings Program!  

For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, please contact Mrs. Angela Morgan at amorgan@tvsd.org or Mrs. Gwen Werner at gwerner@tvsd.org.



 March, 2017 - Tony Gorgone


Nov_Intrn Anthony “Tony” Gorgone is Twin Valley High School’s Intern of the Month for March. Gorgone is interning with Nature’s Accent Taxidermy in Narvon. Nature’s Accent is dedicated to making high quality sculpts of their customers’ hunting trophies. Gorgone says he very much enjoys his internship, saying that “It’s ALL real fun”--unable to choose a specific aspect that he likes the most. His mentor, Ben Lapp, seems to enjoy his help as much as Gorgone enjoys volunteering there.

Nov_Intrn “[Tony] has a great attitude and good work ethic; he is a fast learner…” Lapp said. He is clearly getting a great and unique experience from this internship. When asked about what happens on an average day at Nature’s Accent, Gorgone said that Lapp shows him how to mount specific animals in the customer’s desired way, and he quickly and easily does it. Lapp was clearly not exaggerating about Gorgone’s ability to learn quickly, and this gift with his hands could prove very useful in the future. A fun and challenging hands-on job such as this can provide a great real-world work experience, and clearly has left a mark on Gorgone.

Tony Gorgone appears to be doing great with his internship. We wish him the best in the future!

For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, please contact Angela Morgan (amorgan@tvsd.org; 610.286.8638) or Gwen Werner (gwerner@tvsd.org; 610.286.8637).

Story by Connor Miles

 Fenruary, 2017 - Brianna McVay


Nov_Intrn Congratulations to senior, Breanna McVay, Twin Valley’s February Intern of the Month! Bre interns for the Information Technology (IT) Department, Twin Valley School District. Among her responsibilities are: complete ticket queues in Help Desk, reimage computers with specific settings or programs, perform “surgery” and repair physical hardware components, and other spontaneous projects.

 Supervisor Mike Nappi reports that Bre works independently and problem-solves in order to correct technology issues. She is self-motivated and eager to learn. “…Bre works productively and safely without needing direct oversight of a tech staff member…she continues to exceed our expectations.”

Bre’s favorite part of her internship is literally seeing the results of her work around the school. Bre says, “The laptops I fix sit on teachers’ desks. The Macs I prepared are used by students for their classes. The Ethernet cables I made help to keep the internet running throughout the school…I have picked up so many skills along the way that will be useful in the future!”

Jeff Buettler, Director of TVSD IT, says, “Breanna is doing excellent work. She already has a professionalism about her that will make her very successful…she excels at all tasks…we love her expedience and enthusiasm!”

Bre plans to major in IT at the University of Pittsburgh. Congratulations, Bre and best wishes in your future endeavors!

For more information about TVHS’s Internship Program, please contact Angela Morgan (amorgan@tvsd.org) or Gwen Werner (gwerner@tvsd.org).



 January, 2017 - Tierra Graham


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Twin Valley High School's Intern of the Month for January is Tierra Graham, who is interning with the Green Valleys Watershed Association. 

Graham teaches environmental education and helps plant trees for the organization. She enjoys being outside and working with a professional organization committed to something she is interested in. Additionally, Green Valleys allows Graham to use the skills she has learned in and out of high school in a real-world environment. Graham has an interest in environmental preservation and this internship has helped her learn more about this career area.

Her employers enjoy having her as part of their staff. Graham’s mentor, Dawn White, said that, "Tierra is a pleasure to work with and has really been an asset to Green Valleys' staff this season! She is friendly, self-motivated, and efficient in any task she is given. She has been able to experience a wide variety of jobs that go along with working at a small non-profit organization--from planning and preparing materials for a number of preschool nature classes--to painting new bird feeders for the property.” Graham is also mentored by Kelsey Stanton who commented, “Tierra has helped with organizing data collected by our water quality monitoring volunteers. I am impressed by her eagerness to try new tasks, her involvement both in her school and community, and her enthusiasm for the environment.” All of these are real-world skills that Graham has shown an affinity for.

Tierra plans on attending Penn State next fall studying Biology with a focus in Ecology. We wish her well in her future ventures into this field.

For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, please contact Angela Morgan…amorgan@tvsd.org or Gwen Werner…gwerner@tvsd.org.

 Article written by student Connor Miles. 



 December, 2016 - Tina Messner

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Congratulations to Tina Messner, Intern of the Month for December. Messner interns with Mrs. Shelly Bebee at Twin Valley Elementary Center (TVEC), supporting students’ learning and reading comprehension needs. Bebee says, “It has been a pleasure having Tina, a former kindergarten student of mine, as an intern this year. Tina exemplifies the qualities of an ideal intern and shows great promise towards becoming an educator. She is responsible, motivated, and committed to learning about all areas of teaching. In her short time as an intern, Tina has had the opportunity to become familiar with and administer district assessments, work with students in a small group setting and help to maintain our school bookroom. She is excited to move forward to prepare and execute early literacy lessons for our TVEC students.”

Messner enjoys her internship and feels the experience has bolstered her interest in her planned major. She wishes to pursue becoming a speech/language pathologist and says, “This experience has made me a well-rounded person in general. I continue to grow in this field and the tasks I am given are increasing in difficulty—I am thankful to learn such a variety of skills. Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher, but now I can be more specific in my focus—what I love the most is helping children be the best they can be.”

For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, please contact Angela Morgan (amorgan@tvsd.org; 610.286.8638) or Gwen Werner (gwerner@tvsd.org; 610.286.8637).

 Article written by student Connor Miles.



 November, 2016 - Jacob Hammersley

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Jacob Hammersley, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named November's Intern of the Month.

Currently interning at DRS Product Returns, Jacob stepped into this opportunity yearning for skills that can be applicable throughout the rest of his life.

 Since 1991, DRS Product Returns has cemented itself as a chief provider of reverse logistics services and solutions to the Consumer Product Goods (CPG) and Retail industries.

"One of the biggest takeaways has to be learning Microsoft Excel," said Hammersley. "It's one of those programs that is used in so many technical jobs, so it's bound to come up in any field I pursue.”

 "Jacob takes initiative, seeking additional assignments when he has completed his expected tasks. Gaining experience, he is able to work independently," said Keith Huls, Jacob’s supervisor/Director of Customer Service.

Hammersley is learning new skills in voice processing and supply chain analysis.

"Reverse logistics can be a bit of an esoteric business... yet Jacob has a good grasp of his assignments, working diligently to complete them and asking questions where appropriate rather than forging ahead down an incorrect path. He has certainly been an asset to us and we look forward to continued association with Jacob and the Twin Valley Internship program,” Huls continued.

 Jacob plans to take his experiences and apply them to his future career in astrophysics.

 For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, please contact Angela Morgan…amorgan@tvsd.org or Gwen Werner…gwerner@tvsd.org.

Written by Hunter Gajewski



October, 2016 - Kelly Loughery


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Twin Valley High School's Intern of the Month for October is Miss Kelly Loughery, who is currently interning with the school's Raider Runway program. This program entails seeking out old or unused dresses and offering them for free rental to students who do not wish to purchase their own for events such as prom or homecoming. In the program, Loughery loves “mixing the things [she] loves: business and fashion.” She also enjoys its in-school component as it allows her to easily get there and work very closely with her mentors. When asked about Loughery’s performance in her internship, Raider Runway advisor Mrs. Jennifer Dawson stated that “Kelly has been instrumental in continuing and expanding the Raider Runway program this year… Her enthusiasm and positive attitude make her a joy to work with”.

Loughery’s internship experience has taught her much about herself as well as teaching her important “management and marketing skills” that have nuanced her career choices. Loughery’s experience also taught her firsthand the importance of “communication, marketing skills and… fashion sense” when updating the dress selection and ensuring interested students are in the know about the changes. Loughery believes wholeheartedly that “when other people see your attitude and excitement, they’ll see how much something means to you and… it will be more enjoyable that way”.

Clearly, Kelly Loughery created quite a stir when she began interning for Raider Runway, and her presence has only assisted the organization. Perhaps more importantly, this experience allowed Loughery to gain twenty-first century skills that will nuance her career choices and affect her decisions later in life. She plans to pursue business and marketing in college. For more information about Twin Valley’s Internship Program, please contact Angela Morgan…amorgan@tvsd.org.

-Connor Miles,  class of 2017


April, 2016 - Ally Liptock


Apr_Intrn Ally Liptock, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named April’s Intern of the Month due to her extraordinary passion for teaching and preparing for her future in the classroom. Liptock interns every morning in Miss Ashley Venonsky’s kindergarten class at Honey Brook Elementary Center.

“She is extremely responsible, mature, dependable and comes every day with a smile and helping hands! She is a natural in the classroom,” stated Venonsky. Liptock not only gets to spend time observing Venonsky, she is also in charge of small group centers. She runs a literacy center, where she can work with small groups to improve reading and writing skills. Liptock also has worked individually with children to help improve these skills. She also co-teaches a writing lesson to the entire class.

Liptock chose the elementary school for internship because she is interested in working with children as a career. She has experience from babysitting, as well as teaching in Twin Valley High School’s Preschool Lab. Being in Venonsky’s classroom has helped to expand Liptock’s knowledge about teaching.

“Every day when I get there and when I leave, the children all run up to me and give me a hug, and it makes me feel appreciated. Watching the children then learn and understand what I teach them is my absolute favorite part,” said Liptock. This experience has helped her to be more patient, more confident, and to realize that teaching is exactly what she wants to do for her career. Liptock will attend Millersville University in the fall with a dual major in early childhood education and special education. She appreciates everyone who has influenced her career decision—she loves teaching children!

Congratulations to Ally Liptock for being Twin Valley’s April Intern of the Month.


Jan_Rotary Corrine Kurtz, a senior at Twin Valley High School, is diving head first into the automotive industry, which is why she has been chosen as the March Intern of the Month.

Kurtz currently interns at the Anthony D’Ambrosio car dealership in Elverson, where, aside from buying and selling cars, she is responsible for scheduling appointments, managing finances, and assisting the mechanics with choosing automobile parts.

Along with her passion for cars and business, Kurtz is interested in marketing. She is making it a priority to learn more about that during her time as an intern. Her enthusiasm for business is only part of what has already made Kurtz successful.

“Everyone at the dealership is impressed with Corrine’s can-do attitude,” said John Senick, General Sales Manager at Anthony D’Ambrosio. “I am convinced that she will be successful in whatever field she chooses for a career.”

Kurtz’s “can-do attitude” is also what got her a job offering at the dealership once her internship ends in April. She plans to take the job and begin her career in the automotive industry
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“Eventually I want to take over a car dealership, but for now I want to start off small and work my way up,” explained Kurtz. By working her way through all of the rankings of the company, Kurtz will have all the expertise required to manage a car dealership.

After graduation, Kurtz plans to go on to college to study business management and marketing. Eventually, one of her goals is to own a handful of classic cars.

Congratulations to Corrine Kurtz for being Twin Valley’s Intern of the Month.


February, 2016 - Rachael Ewing


Jan_Rotary Rachael Ewing, a senior at Twin Valley High School, has been named February's Intern of the Month. Ewing spends her internship at Robeson Elementary Center with Mrs. Christine Robinson, the Learning Support teacher. Ewing started showing interest in the education field at a young age. In fifth grade she would go into school early and assist Mrs. Robinson in helping a third grade student.

“Now as a senior, Rachael comes to my classroom each day ready to help second grade students with math support and kindergarten students with pre-reading and pre-math skills. Rachael isn't afraid to jump in and help wherever she sees a need,” said Ewing's mentor, Christine Robinson. “Ewing is prompt and always jumps right into what's happening and comes up with innovative ways to help wherever she's needed.”

“My favorite part of my internship is that I receive many opportunities to teach lessons. Mrs. Robinson allows me to lead with the kindergarten groups with whatever activity is planned for the day, and it's a good way for me to get a feel for how to run a classroom in a small group setting,” said Ewing. Ewing plans to continue in this field and become an elementary school teacher. She recommends the internship to anyone considering a career in the education field to intern at Robeson. “It is an excellent hands-on opportunity to give you an experience in the education field before entering college.”

“Mrs. Robinson has been a great mentor and has definitely allowed me to be successful and have a great time each day at internship,” said Ewing. Rachael will be interning with classroom teacher, Jean McCarney, 2nd semester, also at Robeson Elementary Center…best wishes for a successful year, Rachael!

Ewing will either be attending Penn State University or Seton Hill University, majoring in Elementary and Special Education. Congratulations, Rachael Ewing, on being February's Intern of the Month.