Program Spotlight - Childcare and Guidance
Nancy Reitzel joined the CPAVTS staff 6 months ago as our new Childcare and Guidance instructor. Nancy brings a vast amount of experience with her, including serving as a substitute teacher for 3 years in the West Shore and East Pennsboro School Districts, as well as 15 years as a preschool teacher at Camp Hill United Methodist Church. Nancy was also a music teacher for elementary and middle schools in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Virginia and has served as a child choir/bell choir director. We are happy to have Nancy on our teaching staff! Here are a few things that she has to say about the program:
What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS? The most common career path is daycare work. There are many other career paths from childcare, including school psychologist, children’s advocate in social work, school counselor, early childhood educator, and children’s speech therapist.
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door? I believe the time spent “hands on” in a classroom and working with the preschool gives CPAVTS students an edge over student who do not get that “real” experience.
Explain a typical day in your program. Mondays and Fridays are instructional days. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are preschool days with the preschool children.
What advice would you give students who have completed your program? Keep involved in your studies and try to keep up-to-date with new ideas in the field and industry.
This is what some of our students have to say about their class:
Summarize what you learn in one sentence.
“In this program I learned how to teach and better understand children.”
“We learn how children develop throughout their lives.”
What is the hardest part of your program?
“The hardest part of the program is creating lessons that are age appropriate.”
What is the most fun part of your program?
“The most fun part is getting to do fun activities with the children.”
“Interacting with children.”
What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?
“The highlight is watching so many kids learn and experience new things.”
What are you proud of learning to do in your program?
“I am proud that I know how to teach children different things.”
“Working with children and directing them in a positive learning path.”
How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?
“We have a mini daycare.”
“More hands-on and interactive.”
“Here I have actual kids to watch and work with.”