Jordan Mark Schermerhorn’s time is precious.
The Jordan-Elbridge High School technology teacher is balancing more than just his teaching responsibilities, but as an administrative intern, too. Schermerhorn is working alongside Acting Principal Mary Thomas-Madonna and Associate Principal and Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Eric Varney with a majority of administrative tasks from Sept. 6 to June 22.
“Mark is an exceptional teacher at Jordan-Elbridge High School,” Thomas-Madonna said. “I am confident he will excel beyond the classroom as he takes on additional responsibilities as an administrative intern this school year.”
Schermerhorn recently finished up his course work this past summer at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass. As part of his last requirement, he has to accumulate 400 working hours as part of his six-credit internship at the high school.
“When I first approached Mary about the internship,” Schermerhorn said, “I wanted to be involved in more than just athletics. I’m also doing administrative duties such as discipline, supervision, bus and lunch duty. I will be involved in the prom, senior ball, scheduling activities and events in the building."
On the athletic side, Schermerhorn will assist Varney in supervising athletic events, working with the coaches and scheduling.
For this technology teacher, who heavily relies on structure and rigid routine of the school day, is ready to start the day at 7 a.m., right before his first class of the day at approximately 8 a.m.
“Being a technology teacher,” Schermerhorn said, “there are a lot of things I need to prepare. I need to make sure the machines are up and running, I’ll try and do some grading if I have to. It’s a juggling act.”
A materials processing class and electricity course here, an OCC autoCAD course for college credit and productions systems class there, Schermerhorn is not done once his classes end, it’s straight to his internship at 1:08 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. He tries to get two hours and 15 minutes each day in order to achieve his allotted hours.