PC Alumni Discuss Paths to Education Careers
Providence, R.I.--Six alumni who serve as educational administrators or teachers shared their perspectives with Providence College students considering careers in the field.
The majority of the 75 students who attended were junior and senior education majors.
The panel discussion was sponsored by the Office of Career Services, the Department of Elementary/Special Education, the Department of Secondary Education, the Education Club, and the Student Alumni Association (SAA).
The six alumni who spoke were:
• Dr. Lawrence Filippelli ’95 & ’99G, assistant superintendent, Scituate School Department, North Scituate, R.I.;
• John Robidoux ’88 & ’05G, director of special education, Swansea, Mass., School District;
• Jose Libano ’96 & ’02G, Sharon High School principal, Sharon, Mass.;
• Kim Sciuto ’10, fourth-grade educator, Meeting Street, a child development and education nonprofit organization in Providence, R.I.;
• Roxanne Murphy ’95 & ’09G, principal, Chester W. Barrows Elementary School, Cranston, R.I.; and
• James Zanfini ’96, principal, Edward S. Rhodes Elementary School, Cranston, R.I.
“Panelists gave insight to the education job search, what they look for in applicants, how students can increase their chances of being hired in a tough job market, and interview tips,” said Ashley Buglio '10, coordinator of alumni relations and SAA advisor.
This panel assisted in the preparation for students to serve in society and the greater community “by educating them about career opportunities available in their chosen career path where they will be able to live out this mission through their work in education,” said Patti Goff, interim director and associate director of internships in the Office of Career Services.
The idea for this type of a panel came into fruition after Dana Barry ’12 (Larchmont, N.Y.), Senior Giving student representative of the SAA Executive Board asked the Office of Alumni Relations for a venue to network with graduates in the education field.
Libano, one of the educators, appreciated the turnout and the enthusiasm of the crowd. His high school in Sharon was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon of Excellence.
He fondly recalled his time spent at PC and said the College had a profound impact on his career choice.
He said, “The culture and environment on the PC campus helped cement my values about how others should be treated. Interactions that I had with professors and peers taught me a lot and have helped guide the decisions that I make now in my professional life, as well as in my personal life.”
--Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14