Career and Technical Education - Alumni Spotlight

Mackinzy Wiseman

Hi, my name is Mackinzy Wiseman and I graduated from Bedford County Schools in May of 2017. I attended Staunton River High School and enrolled into Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) when I was a junior. Growing up, I had no idea what career I wanted, but thought I would try out an Early Childhood Education class at BSTC just for fun. The class, not only filled my expectations of being fun, but answered the question I had pondered for years, “What do I want to be when I grow up?” A teacher. The Early Childhood course allowed us to spend part of our time in a classroom learning the development of children and the basics of child care, and the other half in a preschool teaching lesson plans and getting hands on experience. I fell in love with teaching and found excitement in observing the children develop throughout the year. My senior year I went onto the second course, Teachers for Tomorrow. This class had the same concept but stretched our learning all the way to adulthood and gave us the opportunity to teach in an elementary or middle-school classroom. After graduating, I was able to start school the following fall with ten of my education credits already fulfilled. I am now a social science major at Radford University with a concentration in teaching, a minor in history, and a minor in international studies. I plan to teach history at the secondary level and use my career to better myself and my students. Bedford Science and Technology Center helped me find my purpose in an interactive classroom through hands-on experience. Each staff member at BSTC has a true love for their job and it shows through the family-like atmosphere of the school. Not only are students taught a career, but they are taught how to use their career to make a lasting difference inside and outside their community. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for Bedford Science and Technology Center and their amazing staff. I will always be grateful for the time I spent learning in such a unique school and I encourage younger generations to explore the opportunity as well.


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