There’s an adage that goes ‘you never really know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes.’
" data-medium-file="https://oswegocountytoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher-300x199.jpg" data-large-file="https://oswegocountytoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher-460x306.jpg" class="size-medium wp-image-88290" title="APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher" src="http://oswegocountytoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher-300x199.jpg" alt="APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher" width="300" height="199" srcset="https://oswegocountytoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher-300x199.jpg 300w, https://oswegocountytoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher-150x99.jpg 150w, https://oswegocountytoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher-460x306.jpg 460w, https://oswegocountytoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher-450x300.jpg 450w, https://oswegocountytoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/APW-Senior-Swap-Day-Math-Teacher.jpg 1400w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><p>Tessila Abbott, a member of the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Class of 2012, was the Substitute Senior Teacher in Justin Halsey’s classes on Senior Swap Day. She is pictured above during a ninth grade Integrated Algebra class reviewing a lesson on dividing fractions.</p>
At the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School graduating seniors were given an opportunity to do just that and experience a day in the life of a school-related professional on May 18.
Known as Senior Swap Day and organized by the school’s student government club, soon-to-be APW graduates eagerly traded their backpacks for briefcases and a day on-the-job as a teacher, superintendent, transportation supervisor, principal, or support staff.
Club advisor Beth Dunham said that both staff and students look forward to the day and that the student participants are held to a high standard of professionalism throughout the actual swap day.
“Students are required to participate in a pre-planning meeting with their mentor prior to the [swap] day to go over the material they will be teaching or the projects they will be working on,” she said. “It’s a great learning experience for students in teaching responsibility, flexibility, and tolerance,” she added.