March 22, 2010
The Maureen A. Hartigan COACH Program on March 9, 2010 brought 100 students and 11 alumni to participate in this annual event, designed to provide students with guidance, insight and practical interviewing skills as they embark upon their careers in the field of Education. The Forum has been a valuable and popular event among the students and alumni participants. The program examines a number of strategies for a successful job search, including: networking, obtaining interviews, interview skills, mock interviews, importance of a placement folder, what to look for in an employment contract, what to expect in your first year of teaching, and additional certifications.” This was a fantastic opportunity to meet with our alumni and get an experience I feel will benefit me for the rest of my life,” said Cecil Balekji, a current Dean’s Scholar who will graduate in 2011.
The Forum was established in 1988 by Anne Hartigan Flynn, Grace Hartigan Klinger and Catherine Hartigan McNicholl in memory of their sister Maureen A. Hartigan ’55 Ed (Former President of the School of Education Alumni Association and an alumna committed to alma mater), to provide partial annual scholarship support to a full-time undergraduate student who has achieved sophomore, junior or senior status in the School of Education. This year’s scholarship winner was Erica Torres a junior with a 3.85 GPA.
The students received valuable advice from this year’s keynote speaker Principal Reginald H. Landeau, Jr of George J. Ryan Middle School, Fresh Meadows, New York. The alumni participants worked with the students and put them through mock interviews. COACH is an acronym for "Count On Alumni for Career Help." Among the St. John's University alumni who guided the students through mock interviews were Larry Burke `73Ed, `77GEd, Toni-Ann Barone, ’95M.S.Ed., ‘03P.D., Larry J. Burke, ‘73Ed., ‘77GEd., Lynda Hall, ‘73Ed., ‘86M.S.Ed., Margaret McGlynn, ‘91Ed., ‘93M.S.Ed., ‘98P.D., Karen Russo ‘88C, ‘94M.S.Ed., ‘00P.D., ‘02Ed.D., Kerri Walsh, ‘92Ed., Brenda Williams-Jackson, ‘01Ed.D., Laura Young, ‘91M.S.Ed., Vincent Vitolo, ‘86Ed., ‘89M.S.Ed., Larry Burke `73Ed, ’77GEd and an alumni mainstay to this program said it best – “The feedback from the students was unanimous. Everyone I spoke to said that they now feel much more prepared to face the interview process. The practical materials distributed at the event and the chance to see a realistic interview and hear feedback from professionals in the education field offered the St. John's students invaluable real-life experience.” The students who benefit most and who attend prepare themselves for the upcoming Education Job Fair here on the Queens Campus March 23rd. Dea-Marie Tompkins another Dean’s Scholar benefited greatly from this event – “This was an amazing experience to get the chance to meet and talk with current principals and educational professionals. It was not only a pleasure but a great learning opportunity.”