FSC professors host two seniors from McKeel Academy for internships
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 29, 2007) — Richard Burnette, Professor of Psychology, and Catherine R. Eskin, Associate Professor of English, served as mentors to two students from McKeel Academy in Lakeland from January through mid-March as part of the school’s senior internship program. The students, Gabe Lonsberry and Kaila Armstrong, worked for over 80 hours with the professors as part of a career exploration and preparation program that is a requirement for graduation.
Lonsberry, who worked with Eskin in the college’s English department, sat in on classes, created PowerPoint presentations, prepared a lesson, shadowed his host at meetings, sat in during student conferences and observed general class preparation. Eskin says she was thrilled with Lonsberry’s performance. “It was a joy to have Gabe in my office and in my classroom. I already miss him!”
Burnette worked with Kaila Armstrong, who attended two of his classes. In Burnette’s Psychological Tests and Measurements class, Kaila developed a portfolio of psychological tests that she administered, scored, interpreted and wrote up. In the Educational Psychology class, Kaila did everything the regularly enrolled students did and achieved the second highest grade in the class. Kaila commented that Burnette had been very helpful in preparing her for future employment. Burnette was equally enthusiastic, “It was a most rewarding experience for me. She not only took two classes with me, she also served as the student assistant I did not have this semester.” Kaila plans to earn her associate degree at Polk Community College and then attend FSC to major in psychology before going on to graduate school.
Both students, along with their classmates, presented their experiences on poster boards at McKeel Academy last week.
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