It’s been a busy semester for us at Knowledge of Careers! Between branching out to new schools, developing new programs at old ones, and hosting events in the Miami metropolitan area, we hit the ground running this year and haven’t stopped yet. The K.O.C. freshmen class at Booker T. Washington Senior High School felt the effects of this firsthand. Here are some of the wonderful people they’ve met and opportunities they’ve learned of throughout the semester.
Daniel Prada: Software Designer
Daniel Prada gave a creative and engaging first presentation, emphasizing the power of using old technology for new projects. Students came to understand that innovation is often the result of rearranging and repurposing what already exists, and brainstormed entrepreneurial projects they could pursue with the resources currently available to them. The activity saw students broken up into groups of technologies, users, and places, mixing together to create new and unique products that were greater than the sum of their parts.
Catherine Ragheb: Nurse
A quick change of pace had Nurse Catherine Ragheb speaking to the class. The product of a storied and impressive career, Mrs. Ragheb is an example of how many responsibilities can lie within a single title. From neonatal care to geriatric support to disaster relief, Cathy showed our students not only that one profession can take many forms, but also, and more specifically, that in a person’s scariest moment, a nurse can be their greatest ally. As her presentation drew to a close our students got a workout! Running up stairs and doing jumping jacks all contributed towards learning how to read and maintain one’s heart rate.
Leah Fein-Roque: Social Media Strategist
But what fun is exercising if you can’t brag about it? Leah Fein-Roque was next to speak to the class, and with her impressive background in social media strategy she quickly had a captivated audience. Speaking on her career path behind becoming a Social Media Strategist and PR Expert, our students were educated on the importance of having a professional yet engaging online representation. And while the lesson wasn’t interspersed with any #selfies, it ended with her activity, a hilarious mannequin challenge.
Amy Wang: Occupational Therapist
A week later our students were still stiff and sore from standing still for so long in that mannequin challenge, so we had to call for help! Amy Wang came to the rescue! Amy explained that as an OT, she helps those disabled from injuries or diseases return to the workforce through treatment and exercises. She showed how coming from humble roots helped shape her career path as an OT and a philanthropist, dedicating her life to helping those in need internationally. After an inspiring lesson Mrs. Wang taught us how to make finger splints out of thermoplastic.
Natalie Maldonado and Adam Stoller: Strategy Managers
At the end of November we had a double feature, Natalie Maldonado and Adam Stoller from the Miami Children’s Health System. Involved in the system’s Strategic Business Development and Growth division, the two showed the class the many avenues to improve and refine public health issues. With an emphasis on the paths each of them took to get where they are today, Natalie and Adam are examples of dedication and hard work that our students look up to today. At the end of lecture, our students were challenged intellectually, coming up with creative ideas on how to solve pressing health issues.
Dr. Liza Merly: Senior Lecturer
Dr. Liza Merly, expert on Marine Biology and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Marine Biology and Ecology at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, showed the students the inspiring and complex ecosystem that lives beneath the surface around us in Miami-Dade county for the last lecture of the semester. The intricate scientific pathways and biological developments she taught were as impressive as her own path to her profession, and the students were lucky to learn about each in turn. Just before we had to say goodbye to the students until we see them again next year, Dr. Merly brought out sample sharks, which the students were able to study, measure, and tag!
It was an amazing semester at Booker T. Washington, and the next one will be even more so! Thank you so much to all of our presenters over the past few months, you taught us as much as you did the students. And thank you for your continued support of Knowledge of Careers and our dedicated students! Have happy holidays, and a happy New Year!