Vidalia Student Wins State SkillsUSA Gold, Prepares for Nationals
June 4, 2014 - Several students from Southeastern Technical College left the 2014 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference with medals, but only one was golden, and now Allison Fowler is headed to Kansas City for nationals.
Fowler, 25, has been volunteering since attending high school in her native California: tutoring and mentoring inner city children, working at a recreation center, and helping with summer programs for children.
“I have always enjoyed working with children and figured I might as well take my passion to the next level and become educated and certified to provide children with quality care and a strong educational foundation,” said Fowler.
When Fowler moved to Vidalia from California, she continued to follow that path and made her way to STC’s early childhood care and education program.
“I just recently became involved in Skills when my advisor, Mrs. [Allison] Barr, asked me if I would like to represent the early childhood program,” said Fowler. “I am confident in what I know and have been taught and figured if she thought I could do well that maybe I actually could.”
On Barr’s advice, Fowler joined STC’s SkillsUSA chapter and when the annual state competition approached, she saw that the preschool teaching assistant competition would be the best place to test her skills. Barr had full confidence in her “very energetic and thorough” student.
“She does her best at whatever she attempts,” said Barr. “She loves to help her classmates and is a positive role model, especially for the students who are just entering the ECCE program.”
Fowler’s competition required her to write a lesson plan on a specific topic—given to her the day of the competition— then present that lesson to a panel of judges while incorporating several items from an assortment of classroom materials, interview with the judges and then read a children’s story to them.
“She said she thought she might have come in second,” said Barr. “She said when her name was not called for second place, she thought she might not have placed.”
When Fowler’s name was called for first place, the STC contingent cheered and Fowler began the process that will lead her to Kansas City on June 23-27 to compete on the national level.
“I am very excited to attend nationals and hope I am able to represent STC in the best way possible and make my advisor proud,” said Fowler. “After all, without her I would not know what I know today.”
For more information on opportunities in child care, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.