She arranged visits from those professionals and many more during the school’s third annual career day, presented Friday throughout the elementary campus.
Birmingham meteorologist Jerry Tracey was a special guest, telling students he knew when he was 5 or 6 years old that he wanted to be on television telling people about the weather.
Runyan said she began making contacts during the summer, coordinating getting the professionals to the campus on the same day. “I try to think of when I was a kid, and what I thought would be interesting,” Runyan said. She tried to include a variety of professions to appeal to different students’ interests, and careers that require different levels of education.
Each of the guests presented a series of three or four 25-minute sessions, with students changing classes between sessions.
The professionals were encouraged to wear the uniforms of their trade, and many provided brochures and samples to give the students a better idea of what they do every day.
Participating professionals were Tina Jackson, banker; Carli Love, dance instructor; Dr. Stacy Cantly, optometrist; Dr. Chris Salmon, dentist; Ron Harrell, firefighter; “Wizard of Oz” cast members from DeSoto Caverns Park; Tracy Allen and Will Hebson, pharmacists; Dr. Suzanne Lacey, superintendent of Talladega County schools; Tekoya Evans, youth counselor; Rebecca White, photographer; Chris Castro, 280 Nissan representative; Chad Milam, lawyer; Doug Murphree, mayor of Sylacauga; Dr. Kevin Moulin, veterinarian; Heaven Sapp, representative of American Hospice; Ann Keel, massage therapist; Jerry Fincher, game warden; Ray Reeves, representative of Reeson Company; Mildred Funderburg, baker-caterer; Jane Garris and Mitzi Reeve, pawn brokers; Col. Joe Eszes, retired Army pilot; and Marilyn Lawson, cruise agent.
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