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EASTERN Instructor Spotlight: Katie Smith

Katie SmithKatie Smith began as EASTERN’s Veterinary Science instructor at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in August 2016. Veterinary Science is EASTERN’s newest program and focuses on the small animal care field.

When Ms. Smith was a child, her grandparents always cared for many animals, and through her experiences with these animals, she always felt as though they would hold an important place in her future. During her senior year at Bishop McDevitt High School, she decided to apply to Delaware Valley College (now University) and was accepted to their Small Animal Science program. Since that time, she has worked in many areas of the animal care industry, including positions such as vet assistant, pet sitter, veterinary nutrition products salesperson, and she also ran her own private animal rescue.

Through all of the animal care positions that she held during and after college, she felt teaching would be a great fit for her. She decided to go back to Delaware Valley College for their Teacher Certification Internship Program (TCIP) and became a certified Biology teacher. She obtained a job teaching in a career and technical school and attended Temple University’s Vocational Certification program. Prior to EASTERN, Ms. Smith taught Veterinary Sciences at Technical College High School for seven years.
Ms. Smith plans to continue her education through Temple University for her Masters of Science in Education as well as Penn Foster College to obtain her Certified Veterinary Technician licensure.

Veterinary Science at EASTERN provides the opportunity to pursue a career in the animal care industry. In this two-year half-day program, students will learn to support veterinarians by providing assistance during animal examinations; treatment administration and monitoring; managing animal and related health record information; and how to perform a range of selected practice-related duties.

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EASTERN Students Participate in SkillsUSA National Competition

SkillsUSA Nationals Chapter Display 2016Five students from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) in Willow Grove competed in their skill areas or with their leadership proficiency at the SkillsUSA National Competitions held June 21 – 24 in Louisville, Kentucky. The EASTERN student participants placed first in the SkillsUSA State competition held in April for the Chapter Display competition. SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, and be proud of their accomplishments and supportive of their community. National Competition competitors from EASTERN include:

Chapter Display Participants – Shane McDonnell, EASTERN Collision Repair Technology/Upper Dublin High School junior; Nicole Peck, EASTERN Commercial Art/Upper Dublin High School senior; and Justin Smith, EASTERN Electrical Technology/Lower Moreland High School junior.

Cody Mastalski, EASTERN Electrical Technology/Lower Moreland High School junior, assisted with the Chapter Display while also serving as a Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Delegate.

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PA Assoc. for Career and Technical Education New Teacher of the Year

Amy Mednick, a 1994 Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Cosmetology/Lower Moreland High School graduate, and EASTERN Cosmetology teacher since 2011, has been named the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education New Teacher of the Year. Ms. Mednick was presented at the 42nd Annual PA Career and Technical Education Conference at the PA Association for Career and Technical Education Awards Banquet at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

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From left to right – Amy Mednick, Cosmetology Instructor, and Allison Larson, Supervisor of CTE

This award recognizes CTE teachers with 3-5 years’ experience (at the middle, secondary or postsecondary level) who have made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs and shown a professional commitment early in their careers. Members employed as full-time classroom/laboratory CTE teachers (at the secondary or postsecondary level) who are relatively new to the teaching profession (with 3-5 years’ experience) are eligible recipients of this award.

Ms. Mednick was nominated for this great honor by Wendy Leyden, EASTERN’s Cosmetology II Instructor, Allison Larson, EASTERN’s Career and Technical Education Supervisor, Meghan Cicchino, EASTERN’s Welding Technology Instructor, Emily Dimant, 2013 EASTERN Cosmetology graduate, and Todd Luke, Vice President of MAX Teaching.

After graduating from Lower Moreland High School and completing her Cosmetology program in 1994, Ms. Mednick obtained her Cosmetology teaching license from EASTERN in 1995. In 2003, she received her bachelor’s degree in Vocational Education from Temple University. For eight years prior to EASTERN, Mednick taught Cosmetology at Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in South Philadelphia. She credits her aspiration to teach to some of the great teacher role models she has had throughout her education.

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SkillUSA Students Cater Dinner at Ronald McDonald House

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., Culinary Arts students and instructors from Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) catered an elaborate dinner at the Ronald McDonald House located on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. EASTERN students and SkillsUSA school-wide officers from Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, and Commercial Art donated their time and efforts into making this event a success.

(from left to right) Steve Chavez-Garcia EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland Junior, Rayven Anderson, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Springfield Senior, Shane Stone, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland Junior, Katya Ivanovski, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Dublin Senior, Jenny Casey, Ronald McDonald House, and Seyvon Jones, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland Senior

(from left to right) EASTERN Culinary Arts: Steve Chavez-Garcia, Upper Moreland Junior; Rayven Anderson, Springfield Senior; Shane Stone, Upper Moreland Junior; Katya Ivanovski, Upper Dublin Senior; Jenny Casey with Ronald McDonald House, and Seyvon Jones, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Upper Moreland Senior

SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization that encourages students to be productive individuals in our democratic society, work to their potential, become responsible, and be proud of their accomplishments and be supportive of their community. In addition to the elaborate dinner, Katya Ivanovski, SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Secretary, EASTERN Culinary Arts student and senior at Upper Dublin High School, presented Jenny Casey, Special Events Manager, for the Ronald McDonald House, with a check for $$1,700, raised through various student-run fundraiser at EASTERN throughout the year.

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EASTERN Celebrates 50 Years of Inspiring Careers

On Wednesday, May 18 2016, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) commemorated 50 years of providing career and technical education to students in Eastern Montgomery County with a Re-dedication ceremony held at Upper Moreland High School.

Tom Allen, Amy Pertuset, and Joseph Colaneri

Tom Allen, Amy Pertuset, and Joseph Colaneri

EASTERN’s honored guest speakers included Tom Allen, EASTERN’s Executive Director, PA State Senator Stewart Greenleaf, PA Representative Tom Murt, Dr. Marykay Feeley, EASTERN’s Superintendent of Record, Dr. Art Levinowitz, EASTERN’s Joint Operating

Joseph Colaneri, Tom Allen, Marykay Feeley, and Art Levinowitz

Joseph Colaneri, Tom Allen, Marykay Feeley, and Art Levinowitz.

Committee President, Dr. Joseph Colaneri, EASTERN’s former Director, and Amy Pertuset, 2013 EASTERN Computer Network Administration graduate.

Staff and faculty, both present and past, as well as members of all of EASTERN’s advisory committees and participating school administration attended to celebrate 50 years of inspiring careers. EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program prepared and served a bevy of delicious hors d’oeuvres and the Commercial Art program designed beautiful commemorative booklets including photos from all five decades.

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Student Recognized with WG Rotary Service Above Self Award

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) 2016 Allied Health/Upper Moreland High School graduate, Jordyn Harris, was recognized by Sam Swindells from the Willow Grove Rotary with their Service Above Self award at EASTERN’s Awards Night on May 25, 2016.

Sam Swindells, Sergeant-at-arms at Rotary Club of Willow Grove, and Jordyn Harris

Sam Swindells, Sergeant-at-arms at Rotary Club of Willow Grove,
and Jordyn Harris

This award is for one outstanding Upper Moreland High School graduating senior, who is an active participant in service to others inside of their participating school and in the community, an active participant in EASTERN activities, and continuing his or her education after high school.

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EASTERN Apprentice Information Night 2016

ApprenticeNight1The Continuing Education program at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) hosted an Apprentice Information Night on June 2, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The purpose of the event was to introduce area employers to the concept of apprenticeship and to EASTERN’s Continuing Education programs for adults. It was also a networking opportunity for those seeking local employment. The featured speakers for the event were Mr. Eric Ramsay, Director of the Apprenticeship and Training Office for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, and Mr. Peter Klein, Director of Training for the Steamfitters Local Union 420.

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153 Students Recognized at EASTERN’s May Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, EASTERN held its annual Awards Night at 7 p.m. at Upper

Edward Duff Memorial Award

The Edward Duff Memorial Award: The Duff and McDonnell families with student recipient, Brooke Scott, EASTERN Electrical Technology/Cheltenham High School senior.

Moreland High School. This year, 153 students were recognized for their achievements with $55,000 awarded in the form of scholarships, tools of the trade, plaques, certificates and checks. Awards Night recognizes students who have achieved Straight A, Students of the Month through the year, medal winners at SkillsUSA District and State Competitions, winners of special end-of-year awards, and those who have achieved the Attendance Award. EASTERN is pleased to announce that several new awards were instituted for this year’s Awards Night such as the Magdeline Felmey Memorial Award, the Edward Duff Memorial Award, and the Post-Secondary Education Award.

Christopher Laroche Memorial Award

Christopher Laroche Memorial Award: the Laroche family with student recipients, Luke Gallagher, EASTERN Electrical Technology/Springfield High School senior, Rayven Anderson, EASTERN Culinary Arts/Springfield High School

“This was a great evening of recognition for our outstanding students, while also acknowledging EASTERN’s 50 years of providing state-of-the-art career and technical education,” said Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director. “The auditorium was filled with EASTERN staff, faculty, participating school principals, administrators, and our amazing award recipients and their families. We are very grateful for the support and positivity of this involved community. Congratulations to all of our award winners.”Continue Reading 153 Students Recognized at EASTERN’s May Awards Ceremony

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