Local Schoolkids to Get a Glimpse of Career Paths

Great American Teach-In brings elected officials, CEOs, chefs and more into classrooms.

Temple Terrace Mayor Joe Affronti, Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist, and a representative are three of several speakers who will be visiting Temple Terrace schools Thursday for the Great American Teach-In.

The annual event, presented by SERVE, the volunteer arm of the Hillsborough County School District, will bring professionals and hobbyists into the classroom to demonstrate the benefits of a good education, according to a school district press release. This year’s volunteer speakers include active members and veterans of the United States armed Forces, police, firefighters, paramedics, animal trainers, attorneys, politicians and more.

Students will learn what it’s like to work in these career fields.

According to the school district, participating schools and speakers in the Temple Terrace area include:


  • Victor Crist, Hillsborough County Commissioner
  • Young Lawyers Division Group, Discussion on Law Novel
  • Nagarajan Ranganathan, Computer Science & Engineering
  • Tommy Bennett, Tech. Studies/Science
  • Deb Dioguardi, Working with Orphans in South Africa
  • Rob Hennessee, Auctioneering
  • Gayle Miller, Money & Budgeting
  • Carrie Anderson, Careers as a Vet. Technician
  • Willy Brooks, Independent Business Owner
  • Jerry Austin, Keys to Success
  • Gerald Hemness, Criminal Justice
  • Hugh S. Clark, Tourism
  • Itza Henderson, Culinary Chef
  • Chris Lewis, Life’s Choices
  • Crisis Center, Bullying Program
  • Nadine Skelton, CPR
  • Jeanine Sponsler, Nutrition
  • Mrs. Jones, Law
  • James Burgas, Journalism


  • Lt. Col. Jason Mims, Public Education
  • Busch Gardens representative, Animal Care
  • Rich McIntrye, Attorney
  • Eric Messersmith, Personal Trainer
  • Temple Terrace Mayor Joe Affronti, Motivational


  • Misty Smith, Refurbishing concrete mixing trucks
  • Steven Governale, U.S. Air Force
  • Amy Ruch, Balloon Art
  • David Lewis, Football/School
  • Emily Simpson, Fossils

*USF/Patel Partnership

  • Dr. Stapanski’s Office, Dental Health
  • , Olympian
  • Marlee Clouston, Veterinarian
  • Officer Walter, Safety
  • Donnie Fesser, Career in retail
  • Tampa Fire Rescue, Fire safety
  • Mary Hrvatin-Nash, Fitness
David Pogorilich November 15, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Stop by Lewis Elemantary, 3rd graders will be learning about being an engineer and will get to build their very own bridge out of pretzel sticks and marshmellos
Ashley Reams November 15, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Thanks for adding this!
Grant Rimbey November 15, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Go Mayor!
Grant Rimbey November 15, 2011 at 05:53 PM
That's cool.
Dave Klasyk November 17, 2011 at 01:08 AM
It's nice to see our Mayor Joe Affronti getting so involved with this program, knowing of his busy schedule. Thank you sir!


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