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Educator Exchange Program Resources
For more information about the Educator Exchange Program or to get involved, contact Tanya Shearer at 256-352-8143 or by email.

2008-2010 Teacher Experiences
Area educators who have participated in the Educator Exchange Program are encouraged to share their experiences with others. Here is what some educators have to say:
  • "The week I spent at Cullman Regional Medical Center was extremely informative and exciting. I gained a new insight as to how health care facilities operate while learning valuable information that I can pass along in my classroom." - Lori Andrews, Cullman High School
    Read Lori's summary of her experience at Cullman Regional Medical Center. (PDF)
  • "During this week I was able to see all of the ins and outs of this business and gathered a lot of useful information that will help me in the classroom not only this upcoming year but also for the remainder of my career." - Nathan Ayers, Holly Pond High School
    Read Nathan's summary of his experience at the Cullman Electric Cooperative. (PDF)
  • "The CAWS program has definitely helped me with planning for the next school year. The experience will help me illustrate to the students how they will use the skills they learn now in the workforce. My week with The Cullman Times confirmed that what I teach my students in class is crucial to their success in the future." - Susan Boyd, Cullman High School
    Read Susan's article that ran in the Cullman Times. (Website Link)
  • "My experience working at Rehau was an excellent opportunity to see first hand the quality of manufacturing that takes place in Cullman County." - Amy Chambers, Hanceville High School
    Read Amy's summary of her experience at REHAU, Inc. (PDF)
  • "I believe this experience will be a tremendous asset to me as well as my students. Based on the qualities we observed this week, as educators we can make a better effort in teaching our students the characteristics that would make them more successful employees for the hospital or any other business they are interested in working for." - Mark Cornelius, Holly Pond High School
    Read Mark's summary of his experience at Cullman Regional Medical Center. (PDF)
  • "The CAWS educator exchange program is a program to which all teachers should attempt to be a part. The lessons learned were very valuable to me personally and professionally." - Greg Ennis, Good Hope Middle School
    Read Greg's summary of his experience at Cullman Electric Cooperative. (PDF)
  • "Thank you to Yutaka Technologies and CAWS for providing me the opportunity to advance in my professional growth and spread this wealth of knowledge to each of my students." - Nick Feldner, Fairview Middle School
    Read Nick's summary of his experience at Yutaka Technologies. (PDF)
  • "The CAWS program was a great experience for me as a teacher. I will be able to explain to the children real life experiences as part of the work force at Topre." - Kim Kanaday, Hanceville Middle School
    Read Kim's summary of her experience at Topre. (PDF)
  • "Students ask "Why are we having to learn this?". I will be able to go back to my classroom armed with many new explanations of why they have to learn certain things." - Karen McReath, Cool Springs Elementary School
    Read Karen's summary of her experience at REHAU, Inc. (PDF)
  • "As a result of this experience, I feel that I am better equipped to help my students become more college and career ready." - Beth Parker, Vinemont High School
    Read Beth's summary of her experience at Cullman Times. (PDF)
  • "Wow! My experience at Cullman Regional Medical Center was simply great." - Selena Skipper, Fairview High School
    Read Selena's summary of her experience at Cullman Regional Medical Center. (PDF)
  • "I truly enjoyed my experience during the Cullman Area Workforce Solution Teacher Exchange, with SUMMA as my host industry. During my week in this industry, I have gained so much information to carry back to the classroom. The people from SUMMA were so welcoming. I almost felt that I was to report to work even after my week long experience had ended." - Bama Turner, Cullman Middle School
    Read Bama's summary of his experience at SUMMA Technologies, Inc. (PDF)
  • “While at American Proteins, I observed various hands-on skills needed to work at API. The use of measuring and accurate data collection was obvious. The employees in the mill needed good short-hand math skills, the ability to think on their feet, and they needed to be in good physical condition. The most important trait I took from my experience at API is to value your job and the work you do.” – Jonathan Shabel, North Alabama Career Coach, Wallace State Community College
    Read Jonathan's summary of his visit to American Proteins, Inc.
  • “I entered this program not knowing what to expect, and I experienced many positive moments and met some of the most friendly and gracious individuals in my professional career. The CEC is an extraordinary operation mostly because of the people behind the scenes.” – Rodney Terry, Vinemont High School
    Read Rodney's summary of his visit to Cullman Electric Cooperative.
  • “With the rising concern of new employees changing jobs multiple times, high school students should know the benefit of committing to a company and enjoying the longevity of a position. Students can be aware of the pride that comes with working in industries that support their communities and benefit others.” – Elizabeth Moore, North Alabama Career Coach, Wallace State Community College
    Read Elizabeth's summary of her visit to Cullman Electric Cooperative.
  • “I feel so blessed that as a career coach at Wallace State Community College, I had the opportunity to participate in this program. I met several amazing people within the medical field and those receiving medical treatment.” – Lea Casey, North Alabama Career Coach, Wallace State Community College.
    Read Lea's summary of her visit to Cullman Regional Medical Center.
  • “Cullman Area Workforce Solutions is a wonderful program. I would recommend this to anyone in education. I am so excited to get back to school and share with my students and co-workers about my experiences. I learned more in one week than I ever thought possible.” –Tammy Whittle, Vinemont High School.
    Read Tammy's summary of her visit to REHAU, Inc.
  • “Working hard and staying on task is very important in the classroom just as it is in the manufacturing field. I want to stress to my students to always take pride in their work and to always remember that anything worth doing is worth doing right the first time.” – Pat Floyd, West Point High School.
    Read Pat's summary of her visit to AAR Summa Technology.
  • “After participating in this program, I can encourage my students who are not college material to consider many other options available to them. They will also be able to see practical applications of the topics and skills taught in biology class even if they aren't preparing to go to college.” – Susan M. Sapp, Cullman High School.
    Read Susan’s summary of her visit to American Proteins, Inc.
  • “My experience at Louisiana Pacific OSB plant in Hanceville Alabama was one that I will definitely be able to use in my future classes as a Science teacher.” – Nathan Ayers, Holly Pond High School.
    Read Nathan’s summary of his visit to Louisiana Pacific.
  • “My time spent at Topre America as part of the CAWS Teacher Exchange was very worthwhile…I will take back several things that I observed during the week to my classroom.” – Tim Sellers, Fairview High School.
    Read Tim’s summary of his visit to Topre America.
  • “I can apply some of the concepts I observed, such as team work, metric conversions, communication skills, environmental safety and recycling, and interview skills into my everyday lessons in my classroom… I learned a wealth of knowledge and gained insight into certain roles within the plant (Rehau), where I had no prior knowledge.” – Misti Bresette, Cullman High School.
    Read Misti’s summary of her visit to REHAU, Inc.
  • “Several [people] asked me what I had gained that week that would be useful in educating kindergarten students. In my experience I have found that when teaching a skill if I can relate it to a real-life experience that I or another person has had, then the students see the value in learning it.” – Michelle Pender, Hanceville Elementary.
    Read Michelle’s summary of her visit to American Proteins, Inc.
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PO Box 2000
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256.739.1891
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