Jessica Shimer, career development coordinator for Lenoir County Public Schools, has been honored with a statewide award from NC HOSA, the future health professionals student organization.
Shimer’s VIP Award was one of three announced at the group’s recent State Leadership Conference in Greensboro.
She was nominated for the award by Crystal Payton-Demry, health science teacher at Kinston High School, and the nomination was endorsed in a letter by Amy Jones, the district’s director of high school education and CTE.
“Ms. Shimer is an awesome career development coordinator,” Payton-Demry said. “She makes sure HOSA is part of every community function and all leadership and scholarship opportunities for our students.”
In the nomination, Payton-Demry listed a dozen specific examples of Shimer’s involvement in and advocacy for HOSA and the health science curriculum, a popular track with the district’s CTE students. They included job shadowing experiences, scholarship recommendations and a host of activities that connect what HOSA students learn in the classroom to what they need to know in the workplace.
“I had no idea she was even doing that,” Shimer said of Payton-Demry’s nomination before returning the favor with her own praise. “Health science is one of those areas most involved in career development activities. Crystal takes advantage of what the CTE program is meant to do through internships, bringing speakers into her class and encouraging her students to be involved in community activities.”
Shimer started with LCPS in 1998 as a marketing and business teacher at Kinston High School, coming to the school system after eight years as marketing and recruitment specialist at Lenoir Community College. In 2007, she became career development coordinator, directing the day-to-day activities of the district’s Career and Technical Education program.