Sarah Watts – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – After four years at LRHS, almost every senior has committed to a series of elective classes for the majority of their high school career. While electives may seem less important than core classes, most electives are connected to a career or job, and can help Mustangs identify their interests.
LRHS senior Emily Weott has been taking Early Childhood Education (ECE) for four years, “When I first signed up for my high school classes in middle school, I had no idea what I would want to take so that I would be engaged in the class for the full hour and a half. I definitely wanted to try something new and I decided on early childhood.”
Weott knew about the Mini Mustang program because she attended the program in PreK, and she “thought it would be cool to come full circle and teach them.” Weott was not originally put in the class, but was relieved when enough people dropped the class so there was room for her in the class.
Weott’s experience in the course has become the most important one over her high school career, “Mrs. [Elaine] Bowling [ECE program adviser] is perpetually optimistic and helpful, and I have learned a lot not only from the class, but also from her advice and attitude. Seeing the Mini Mustangs always makes my day better.”
After four years in the course, Mustangs gain first aid and CPR certifications, as well as experience working with children.
“This course has brought me to what direction I want to take for my career path. I really love working with kids, so this led me to looking into jobs that involved helping them. I am now interested in speech pathology, and I have early childhood education to thank for leading me to it.”