<p>Willow Faulkner, a member of the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown class of 2012, participated in her school’s Senior Swap Day and is pictured above with her “swap” mentor, APW Transportation Supervisor Stewart Brown. Faulkner said that she selected Brown as her swap partner because his position seemed the most exciting even though it meant an extremely busy day of overseeing the safe transportation of 1300 students. She started her day shortly after 7:00 a.m. and is preparing above to drive with Brown to some of the District’s designated bus turnarounds to perform routine safety checks. “This has been a great opportunity to be involved in something you don’t see every day as a student,” Faulkner said in response to her day as a Substitute Senior Transportation Supervisor.</p>
There’s an adage that goes ‘you never really know someone until you walk a mile in their shoes.’
<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.
<p>Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Superintendent of Schools Gerry Hudson turned his chair over to student Zack Britton for Senior Swap Day on May 18. Britton, a member of the APW class of 2012, opted to job shadow Hudson to learn about the role and responsibilities of a school superintendent. </p>
“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.