ENGLISH INSTRUCTOR: MEGAN PANEK
Mrs. Panek has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and German and a Master of Education from the University of New Hampshire. She taught for the first 13 years of her career in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She has experience teaching in a traditional high school from her seven years at Waukesha South High and also in a virtual environment from her six years at eAchieve Academy. She is also a trained instructional coach with six years of coaching experience. She loves being a part of Career and Technical education at CATEC and is excited to integrate English standards of learning into the trades.
SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTOR: DAVID TOPPER
David Topper is a Charlottesville native, having grown up in Woodbrook and graduated from Albemarle High School. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of Charleston, where he played soccer and rugby. He began his teaching career at Albemarle High School teaching Social Studies and has nine years experience. He left public education for a stint in the private sector working as a trainer and consultant with State Farm. As the saying goes, history repeats itself, and so he is back in the classroom and excited to be here. Topper lives in Albemarle County with his wife and five children. In his spare time he coaches basketball and softball and is a a volunteer FF/EMT. Finally, I am a lover of trivia and "dad jokes."
CATEC’s unique technical curricula naturally embeds many other subject areas into daily learning, including mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology. CATEC offers academic and supplemental classes that are both embedded into existing curriculum or are offered as stand-alone courses, including English, Government, and Personal Finance.
This class is embedded in Cosmetology I, which means the English instructor will push into the Cosmetology I class, and students will complete most of their English assignments in Cosmetology I. The instructors will work together to embed the English reading, writing, communication and research strands of the standards of learning into projects pertaining to Cosmetology. During semester 2, students will be pulled out of Cosmetology for a portion of time each week to prepare for the Reading and Writing SOL tests.
Government & English 12
This class is a stand-alone class offered at CATEC. This means it is not embedded in a trade class. The curriculum is online in Schoology, and students will be pulled out of their trade classes a few times per week for direct instruction. The class is interdisciplinary and will be team-taught by the English and Social Studies teachers. Units of study will cover the fundamental constitutional principles, how different branches of government work together to create policies and laws, and the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen in such a diverse democracy with the English standards relating to reading, writing, communication, and research woven in. Throughout the year there will be a focus on building strong arguments, becoming responsible consumers of media, and understanding how government plays a role in issues impacting our community.
This class is a stand-alone class offered at CATEC. This means it is not embedded in a trade class. The curriculum is online in Schoology, and students will be pulled out of their trade classes a few times per week for direct instruction. Students learn how economies and markets operate and how the United States economy is interconnected with the global economy. Additionally, they learn how to navigate the financial decisions they must face and to make informed decisions relating to career exploration, budgeting, banking, credit, insurance, spending, financing post-secondary education, taxes, saving and investing, buying/leasing a vehicle, and living independently. They also learn the importance of investing in themselves in order to gain the knowledge and skills valued in the marketplace. Development of financial literacy skills and an understanding of economic principles will provide the basis for responsible citizenship, more effective participation in the workforce, and career success. The course incorporates all economics and financial literacy objectives included in the Code of Virginia §22.1-200-03B.
Students in this course will have the opportunity to earn the W!SE Financial Literacy industry certification.
This is a VDOE board-approved industry certification.