Teachers participate in Job Shadow Program
By Pfc. Joshua Bozeman
| | August 3, 2000
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- Two teachers from Dougherty County Middle School shadowed MCLB Albany civilian managers here July 10-14 under the Job Shadow Program organized by the Albany-Dougherty Community Partnership for Education.
Teachers Dorothy Day and Donald Poole were selected to take part in the program designed to give teachers a better idea of what is expected of students in todays work force.
Fourteen businesses in the greater Albany area opened their doors for the event, said Sherry Mathis, an office assistant with the Albany Dougherty Community Partnership for Education.
Teachers who took part in the program were able to observe and ask questions of the employees they shadowed, said Mathis.
Most of the questions centered around what the employees believe would have been more beneficial to them while they were in grade school. The teachers were then able to take what they learned from others real life experiences and apply it in the classroom.
I learned a wealth of information to share with kids and co-workers, said Day, a seventh grade teacher at Dougherty County Middle School. She shadowed in the Manpower Office on base, shadowing Glenda C. Hill, deputy supervisor management analyst here.
I learned a lot of the things needed to hold different job positions, said Day.
This has really been quite unique for me to be able to learn something different from what I do, and then integrate that into my job, she continued.
According to Steve Banks, director of Marine Corps Community Services here,
who was shadowed by Poole, the program gave participants a deeper insight into specific jobs.
He [Poole] was totally surprised at what we do aboard the base, Banks said.
First, Poole received an overview brief of the general activities that take place on base. He was then taken to different branch offices where he was given a more detailed look at the way individual jobs are handled here.
I had him go to different branch heads each day, Banks said.
A few places that Poole visited included the Recreation Branch, Hospitality Branch and Education Office.
The program is not only quite beneficial to educators, but also to the Marine Corps, Banks continued.
It is good to have a relationship between the base and the surrounding community where we can learn from each others actions, he said.