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Language Arts Live! 2023



Kelly Misch
Communications Director
Chardon Local Schools
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Chardon High School logo; group photo of Language Arts Live! speakers with ELA teacher Mr. Goff and students

Language Arts Live! 2023
Written/Photographed by Rebecca Fullerman, CHS ’24
Content Development Specialist

November 9, 2023 — Chardon High School English Language Arts teachers Mrs. Monaco and Mr. Goff welcomed volunteer guest speakers to their senior Advanced Placement (AP) Literature and senior Focus on College Writing classes on Nov. 6 for this year's installment of Language Arts Live!

Speakers Amplify Future Readiness
Language Arts Live! is an annual speaker and resource program that provides students with examples of how the knowledge they acquire in the classroom translates to the professional world and life beyond high school.

staff headshot:  Lynn Monaco (Pastor Photography)
Mrs. Monaco stated, “I love this event each year for many reasons – one being the diversity of careers represented. Another is how the seniors have the opportunity to ask questions about preparing for their futures – whether it be resume writing, interview preparation, or communication styles.”  
staff photo:  Mrs. Monaco (Pastor Photography) 
collage action photos of guest speakers:  Mr. Jay Roessner, Ms. Pam Roessner, Ms. Brianne Norcini, Dr. Guy Wilson
Volunteer Speaker Panel '23
photo collage (l to r, clockwise) 

Jay Roessner
Mr. Roessner negotiates contracts and oversees other union business for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #71 in Columbus.  His previous job experience includes work as a telecommunications lineman.

Pam Roessner
Ms. Roessner is the City of Cleveland Heights Prosecutor/Assistant Law Director.  She  also works in sales part time at Swarovski at Beachwood Place.

Brianne Norcini
Ms. Norcini is the Marketing and Brand Manager at Solon Manufacturing Company. She has 20+ years of experience in the manufacturing industry.

Guy Wilson, Ph.D.
Dr. Wilson is the Associate Director of Research and Development Services for Sherwin-Williams Company, managing an analytical sciences group. His additional expertise draws upon previous experience as a visiting assistant professor at Virginia Tech.

action photo of guest speakers seated:  Ms. Roessner, Mr. Roessner, Ms. Norcini, Dr. Wilson
What Hilltoppers Learned
The four community professionals reinforced Chardon Schools core beliefs, including ‘learning is a lifelong endeavor’, while also touching on the importance of seeking out employment in workplaces whose core values are in alignment with one's own.
photo (l to r) Ms. Roessner, Mr. Roessner, Ms. Norcini, Dr. Wilson

The knowledge the volunteers brought to the table from their career experiences made for an engaged audience of students.  

action photos of students writing on paper and students raising hands - both photos:  seniors William Francis, Austin Hardesty, Carter Mack, Caden Peterson

Key Takeaways:
~Communication skills
~Inter-generational communication methods
~How to proofread a resume 
~Keeping a resume simple yet effective
~Knowing the audience of your resume
~Researching prior to applying for a job
~Asking appropriate questions at an interview
~Identifying personal strengths and weaknesses
photo (l to r) seniors William Francis, Austin Hardesty, Carter Mack, Caden Peterson

action photo of CHS ELA teacher Mr. Goff introducing the Language Arts Live! guest speakers

In reflecting on the annual event,
 Mr. Goff stated, “Language Arts Live allows Chardon students to make meaningful connections to various community members while learning critical skills for their futures. The students enjoy it and learn a lot and we, as teachers, love the authenticity of the experience as well.”
photo:  CHS ELA teacher Mr. Goff

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