What were the challenges you faced as a member of and as president of CAWEE?
As a member, my biggest challenge was really getting to know what was law and code and what was contingent on our district plan. I like consistency, uniformity, and structure so coming into a
job that offered a lot of flexibility and school district discretion was a difficult concept for me to grasp.
As President, my biggest challenge has been gathering information about current and past Work Experience Education Programs and being able to follow up with them to increase CAWEE membership
and conference attendance. I really want to make sure that EVERY Work Experience teacher/coordinator (whether part of full time) has access to the information and benefits that CAWEE
What interesting memories do you have of your CAWEE experiences at conferences, meetings, etc?
I have loved ALL the conferences I have attended over the past 8 years but I do have something
that stands out in my mind about Work Experience Education. Prior to teaching Work
Experience I taught Marketing and Business Ownership for 20 years. I used to wonder why
our WEE teacher on campus had so much “down time” and only taught one day a week while
we ROP teachers were teaching all 5 days AND doing job site visits for our Co-Op students.
Well, I don’t know the meaning of down time since I started teaching WEE 9 years ago. I have
learned SO much more about all of the “work related” information and legal implications that
those of us who teach/taught in one of the CTE industry sectors just don’t have time to cover.
(Pay stubs, labor laws, work permits, general safety, income taxes, etc.)
What have you been doing since leaving CAWEE?
I have not left...I am President through the end of this school year and then will serve as Immediate
Past President for 2 years on the CAWEE Board..