Moss-Nuckols holds first Career Day
Matthew Klapak checks out what it’s like to sit in the front seat of a Virginia State Police cruiser. Trooper McPhee with the State Police talks with the students in the background.
On Friday, April 27, students were treated to a Career day at Moss-Nuckols Elementary School.
Members of the working community came out to share with the students their work day experiences and the tools they used in their work.
From a retired professional football player to a juvenile court judge, a Virginia State Police officer to a Dominion lineman, there were a wide range of careers represented.
The plan to have the career day came from Ashlie Woodward, counselor at Moss-Nuckols Elementary School.
“This is my first year as a school counselor in Louisa County,” Woodward said. “Prior to working at MNES, I was an elementary teacher and school counselor in Spotsylvania, where elementary Career Days happened each year.”
“After seeing how beneficial and enjoyable Career Day was for kids and adults, I was excited to bring such an event to Louisa,” she added. What began as general plans to educate MNES students about career development of the school counseling curriculum, turned into a full-fledged Career Day of its own. There were 28 different parents, grandparents, and community members who shared their work with students.
“When people from the community come to school to discuss their careers, it helps students understand more fully the variety of career options available to them, as well as the connection between education, skills, interests, and jobs,” Woodward said, adding that occupational awareness is an important part of the career development process, which begins at the elementary level. “I am so grateful for the support I received from colleagues, parents, and community members in order to make this event a success, and I look forward to making it an annual tradition at Moss-Nuckols.”