Tue, May 22, 2018 — 8:05 am
KSSPE’s PE Student Teacher Candidates Participate in Mock Interviews
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, KSSPE’s PE student teacher candidates participated in mock interviews during their last student teaching seminar on campus.
The goal of the session was to provide as authentic of an interviewing experience as possible for teaching candidates. Administrators were invited from local school districts and conducted the mock interviews. Candidates treated the experience, as if it were a real interview, by coming prepared with a mini professional portfolio and a cover letter tailored to a “position” in their assigned district. Each administrator interviewed 2-3 candidates individually. Time was allotted for group and individual debriefing at the conclusion of the round of interviews. One candidate, who stood out from the group, was “called back” for a second interview or “hire” for the fictional position by each administrator. These candidates were recognized at the conclusion of a luncheon, which was held in Tuttle North Athletics Complex, Eagle’s Lookout, following the mock interviews. Candidates had the opportunity to mingle with Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) faculty, college supervisors, and administrators during the luncheon as well. Todd Hagreen, Athletic Director, at Brockport CSD, was the keynote speaker, and stressed the importance about building relationships with students to the candidates. The first Dr. Eugene F. Orbaker Award for Excellence in Student Teaching & Engagement was also presented by the PETE faculty, which recognized teaching candidates who go above and beyond expectations during their student teaching placements. Teaching candidates selected for the award were Colin Knight, Evan Loughran, and Samantha Pagliei. The seminar was an invaluable culminating activity for the candidates’ capstone experience.