There was something for everyone at the Spring Education Conference’s bustling exhibit hall, where members filled shopping bags with vendors’ giveaways and marveled at the accomplishments of the career and technical education high school students demonstrating their skills.
As first-time exhibitors, students of Williamsburg HS of Architecture and Design were enthusiastically explaining their work to revitalize community parks under the encouraging eye of their teacher, Alain Codio.
Clara Barton HS medical assistant students in purple uniform scrubs talked about the skills they have acquired that are in high demand in urgent care centers. “They are going to be health professionals,” teacher Jennifer Corbin proudly declared. “They are the future of health care.”
Laura Kalb of PS 249 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, was weighing whether to have a manicure, make-up redo or massage as she waited in line at the always popular Queens Vocational and Technical HS cosmetology station. Later, on her way to the workshop on how boys learn, she flashed her aqua blue-lacquered fingernails.
For an exotic touch, the corn snake wound around a student’s arm and the baby hedgehog nestled in another’s hands were all in a day’s challenge for the animal husbandry students at John Bowne HS in Flushing, Queens. Hanging flower baskets in full bloom attested to the skill of the plant science students at Bowne. Their teacher, Russell Nitchman, had a picture handy of the new diesel tractor in use on the school’s 4-acre farm plot.
As she left the hall, 2nd-year teacher Melissa Liebowitz of PS/IS 66 in Canarsie, Brooklyn, itemized her full shopping bag: “resources for my classroom, lots of anti-bullying materials and materials from the UFT exhibits for me.”