Tech Childhood Education Students Pay Homage to Mentors


Pictured Above: Carmel student Chloe Blaney with her Walden School mentors Jesse Steiner and Debbie Canzio. 

Gratitude was the buzzword for Childhood Development and Education students at The Tech Center this week as they honored the teacher mentors they have been interning with during a special breakfast held on the PNW BOCES campus.

“Our students are honoring their mentor teachers who allowed them the opportunity to student teach—something they normally would not be able to do until graduate school,” said Tech Center teacher Melissa Davis, as she addressed students and their guests. “By the end of their work at The Tech Center, the students looked like teachers.”

Nicole Gardineer from Mahopac High School said that her internship with Lakeview Elementary School teacher Jenn Borst “helped me realize how much I love working with children.”

Mahopac student Lindsey Civita, who did her internship with preschool teacher Joan Lema at the Hudson Valley Christian Academy, said “During my internship, I discovered how much of a family a nursery school can be.”

In addition to working in the on-campus preschool at PNW BOCES, Childhood Development and Education students complete an internship in a classroom of their choice, working closely with a cooperating teacher. They leave the program with a professional portfolio and a significant amount of hands-on experience. All of the seniors in the program this yeaare going to college in the fall, most pursuing childhood education degrees.

Carmel student Chloe Blaney said that interning with Walden School art teacher Jesse Steiner and assistant art teacher Debbie Canzio “made me realize what I want to do with my life. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity that BOCES has given me, and I can’t thank my internship teachers enough for this experience.”