Yvonne Kaszubowski Named WCCC 2017 Project Excellence Educator
Warren County Career Center Career Development Coordinator Yvonne Kaszubowski is the 2017 Project Excellence Outstanding Educator for the district. She will be honored, along with other Warren County teachers selected, at the annual Project Excellence banquet at WCCC on May 3.
Now in her 25th year at WCCC, she did her student teaching with WCCC business instructor Christie Leis in 1991 at WCCC. After her student teaching and graduation from Wright State University in 1991, she was hired in 1992 as a business teacher in WCCC Adult Education, a position she held for six years. She transitioned into the WCCC School to Work Coordinator position for three years, and then for the past 16 years she has worked as Career Development Coordinator.
Mrs. Kaszubowski, known to most as “Mrs. K,” manages a system of 43 Career Development building representatives from 39 school buildings in Warren County, holding scheduled inservices for members that provide professional development, information and resources to encourage K-12 educators to infuse career development concepts into regular curriculum. She organizes outreach to all eighth-grade students through the WCCC Eighth-Grade Expo and an annual High Tech Career Camp that serves about 100 rising eighth-graders each year. She also assists with Sophomore Showcase, Open House, and Junior Orientation. If there is a need in the district, she will step up and lend her expertise and assistance.
Some of her past projects include collaborating in 2001 to move the Individualized Academic and Career Plan system to an online resource from a pencil and paper project, and co-authoring a research study entitled “The Career Development Needs of Rural Elementary School Students,” published in the Elementary School Journal, May 2008. This study determined the effectiveness of career development education at a local school she serves.
While working full time and raising a family, she returned to school in 1997 and graduated with her Master of Education Administration from the University of Dayton in 1999. In 2000, she completed her Principal’s License at UD.
“We are recognizing Yvonne for her dedication and support of students in our district as well as the many eighth-graders and sophomores who visit us each year to learn more about career and technical education,” Superintendent Maggie Hess said. “She once again joins a distinguished group of WCCC staff who have previously received the Outstanding Educator award.”
“My initial reaction,” Mrs. Kaszubowski said about receiving the award, “is that there are so many of my colleagues who are so hard working and deserving of this award. It is a good feeling to be recognized by your peers and the people that surround you every day. I think everyone deserves that once during his or her career. I love my work at the career center, because career technical education transforms lives by preparing students for meaningful careers. Everywhere I go, I meet people who are graduates of WCCC. They are working in our community in healthcare, culinary, manufacturing, construction, and many other fields. My hairdresser is from our adult cosmetology program. She started out doing my hair while she was a student here, and now I go to her salon.”
The Project Excellence Awards for K-12 teachers in Warren County is a program sponsored by Area Progress Council of Warren County and is in its 30th year.