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Elementary Principals Prep Students for Job Interviews

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Coventry Oak Elementary Principal Shamiah Ford conducts a mock interview with UK College of Education seniors in the Elementary Education program.

Several school principals recently played a role in helping UK College of Education elementary education majors prepare to interview for teaching positions. A seminar was held at Picadome Elementary where students learned about certification and applying to Kentucky districts from Cindy Godsey, associate director of certified personnel for Fayette County Public Schools.

The students broke into small groups to participate in mock interviews with 20 principals and school leaders from Fayette, Woodford, Bourbon and Boyle counties.

Joni Meade, an elementary education instructor who organized the event, said she hears from principals that the mock interviews are not only beneficial to the UK students, but also to the principals in getting to meet many new candidates.

“It is always refreshing to talk with new and upcoming educators,” said Shamiah Ford, principal of Coventry Oak Elementary in Lexington. “The enthusiasm and passion for learning that rising teachers provide our field allows us to reflect and grow.”

The seminar was not the students’ first contact with area schools.  They spend many hours at schools during observations, practicums, volunteer opportunities and student-teaching.

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Mock interviews for senior elementary education majors at UK were held at Picadome Elementary in Lexington. Pictured are Joey Sheroan, principal, and Ben Vanderhorst, professional growth and effectiveness coach, both of Garden Springs Elementary.

To learn more about becoming a teacher by earning a degree at UK, visit https://education.uky.edu/academics/degree-programs/.

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The UK College of Education is committed to studying and helping to solve the most critical education and health challenges of our time. This requires the college to prepare the next generation of teachers, leaders and scholars to understand these issues.

The college has nearly 3,000 students in over 70 undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of fields, from teaching to rehabilitation counseling, from exercise science to sports leadership. Graduates consistently receive top honors, and students are taught by a breadth of experienced, well-respected, and highly-recognized faculty, who have backgrounds in a wide range of issues facing our society.

UK College of Education graduates are highly regarded and enter fulfilling and impactful careers. Currently, graduates of the College work in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 40 countries.

While the college’s impact reaches far and wide, it is also committed to significantly impacting and improving the lives of Kentuckians as part of the Commonwealth’s flagship, land-grant university. The college serves communities through high-quality teaching, research, and engagement. Faculty and students are involved in more than $30 million in active research that directly impacts the education and well-being of Kentuckians in all 120 counties, as well as many people throughout the world.