Stout School of Education Hosts ‘Principal Panel’ for Career Development

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 10, 2019 – High Point University welcomed 14 principals from across the Triad on April 9 to engage senior education majors with real-world interview and networking experiences and an interactive panel discussion.

HPU’s Stout School of Education hosted a Career Fair, mock interviews with area principals and a “Principal Panel” discussion for senior education majors.

The Career Fair gave students the opportunity to network with district officials from across the region and learn about open positions.

The mock interviews and “Principal Panel” helped senior education majors prepare for post-graduation job interviews. The principals conducted mock interviews with the HPU students launching new careers in education after next month’s Commencement.

It was the fourth year HPU’s Stout School of Education hosted the event for its students. Kimberly Bowie, principal at New Market Elementary School in the Randolph County School system, has participated in the event since its inception.

“I like giving HPU students the opportunity to start their networking early,” said Bowie. “I also like talking to Teresa Owens (instructor in HPU’s School of Education) about future student teacher opportunities in my school.”

HPU senior Julia Van Anda, a special education major, felt nervous about the interview process but was able to learn helpful interview tips from the principal who conducted the mock interview.

“I now have had some practice and can go to district job fairs feeling more confident,” said Van Anda. “I’m grateful for Professor Owens and the principals for giving us this real-world opportunity.”

HPU student Julia Van Anda (left), a special education major, participates in a mock interview with Trent Vernon (right), principal of Jamestown Middle School.

HPU senior Brianna Beard, an elementary education major, said the opportunities to network helped her gain more confidence.

“This is real, professional experience the principals are offering us,” said Beard. “We’re getting a lot of advice, and these mock interviews are helpful to us.”

More than 300 HPU alumni teach in Triad schools.

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