Teach-In offers glimpse into diverse career paths

Schools across Pasco County welcomed speakers from wide-ranging professions to talk to students about their jobs at the annual Great American Teach-In, held during November. Most speakers visited schools on a single day, but others came on other days that week. Forty-three speakers, in wide-ranging professions, gave 30-minute to 45-minute presentations at Pine View Elementary, at 5333 Parkway Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes.

Jennifer Leon, director of outreach for Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, shows off the bite marks and claw marks on a ball that was played with by one of their resident leopards. Leon talked to fourth-graders in Elizabeth Schmitt’s and Dawn Otto’s classes, explaining the rescue’s mission, the cats in their care, and how the children can aid with the preservation of big cats. (Christine Holtzman)

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ed Ether shares a photo of a payphone to a group of fifth-graders in Kelley Hepner’s and Sara Martin’s classes. The officer showed the photo, while talking about vast changes in technology during his 26-year career in law enforcement.

Busch Gardens zoo educators Miguel Reynel, left, and his colleague Lexie Dobert speak to students in Tiffany Randall’s fifth grade class during the Great American Teach-In program on Nov. 20. The pair spoke about the responsibilities of being a zoo educator. Reynel is seen holding ‘Tequista,’ an American alligator that resides at Busch Gardens.

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