LHS Intern Making a Difference for Students in Room B5
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Alissa Mahar
Alissa Mahar

Ludlow High School senior, Alissa Mahar, has been a student intern in room B5’s 4th grade classroom this school year, supporting students and classroom activities daily from 1:15pm-2:00pm. Mahar’s experience was made possible because of the School-to-Career Program at Ludlow High School.  

Mrs. Cheryl Patenaude, the School-to-Career Coordinator explains the program, “It is my job to place students in an internship or job shadow in a career they wish to explore. The program is growing, and this year 29 students participated. We have students placed within the school department if that is their career path they wish to explore but other placements include automotive, dentistry, fitness, physical therapy, and veterinarian. LHS even has a partnership with LUSO Federal Credit Union for a High School Heroes Program that places LHS students directly teaching  East Street students the Junior Achievement Program.”

“The valuable experiences from participating in an internship or job shadow are many. For some this cements their choice in vocation,” explained Patenaude.  “Others decide that this career choice isn't for them or they like a different aspect of it. Either way it’s a win, win.”

Mahar’s cooperative teacher Mrs. Megan Sweet, shared, “Alissa has been very helpful throughout the year, assisting students with their reading and writing projects, correcting papers, distributing materials, and organizing book orders and other materials.”

When students were asked about the influence Mahar had on their classroom the one common denominator heard was the word help.  Layla Marof eagerly shared, “Miss Mahar helped us stay organized and whenever we needed something, she was there to help.”

“Miss Mahar was always ready to help,” said Kelsey Oullette.  “She helped my classmates with their writing.  For example, she helped us come up with rhymes for our poems.”

Xavier Hernandez, added,  “Miss Mahar helped us when we didn't understand something.”

Mahar will be graduating from LHS in a couple of weeks to pursue a career in elementary education at Westfield State University, “I would like to teach English in either fourth or fifth grade.  The one take away from this experience that was most beneficial was getting to know a classroom setting and what to expect in the future.”

All students were in 100% agreement with their teacher when Sweet commented, “Alissa is a kind, caring young lady and we were very lucky to have had her in our room this school year.  We will dearly miss her.”  


Below are two poems students wrote for Miss Mahar.

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