HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S.  students and facilitators warmly welcomed Kate Gilson Miranda, a Junior Board Member of the HDS Foundation, who served as a guest speaker during the Career Experience Series. Kate was delighted to tell them about her personal journey, from high school to post-secondary education, and the experiences that shaped her career. She candidly spoke about the challenges and obstacles she faced during this time and how she overcame them, inspiring the students to pursue their dreams despite any setbacks they may face. 

Kate shared insights into her career choice in education, detailing the experiences that led her to it, the required training, and necessary skills, and spoke about both the positive and negative aspects of teaching, including salary and benefits. She also highlighted the activities in high school that helped her prepare for a career in teaching. 

As a teacher, Kate spoke about her responsibilities in the classroom, reflecting on how her childhood dream of playing teacher with her dolls came true. She shared her passion for working with children and her belief that education is a powerful tool for change. Overall, Kate’s personal journey and valuable insights left a lasting impression on the students, motivating them to pursue their dreams with determination and perseverance. 

Kate emphasized the importance of being involved in school clubs and extracurricular activities throughout high school. She shared her personal experience of being a Chorus and Best Buddies member, highlighting how these activities helped her develop strong skills and helped her to communicate better with her peers and teachers. She encouraged the students to explore their interests and passions outside of the classroom and to get involved in activities that would enhance their skills and knowledge. By doing so, they will not only develop as individuals but also gain valuable experiences that will help them in their future careers. 

During the conclusion of her presentation, Kate shared a special card that was given to her by her former teacher and facilitator, Donna Mansolillo. She expressed how important Ms. Mansolillo was and still is in her life and how much the card meant to her. Kate felt that it was something worth keeping and treasuring. The students were impressed by the fact that Kate still had the card after all these years, and her gesture left a deep impression on them. It served as a reminder of the significant impact that teachers can have on their students’ lives and the importance of showing appreciation for their efforts. 

Following Kate’s excellent presentation, she took the time to visit some of her former teachers. They were all thrilled to see her and expressed how proud they were of her achievements. One of her former teachers was so inspired by Kate’s presentation that she asked if she could come back and speak to her students about her journey after high school. Kate’s response was enthusiastic: “Of course!” 

Kate’s willingness to share her experiences and insights with others is a testament to her commitment to education and the positive impact it can have on individuals’ lives. Her visit and presentation left a lasting impression on the teachers and students, inspiring them to pursue their passions and never give up on their dreams. 

A special thank you goes out to Kate Gilson Miranda for taking the time to visit and share her inspiring journey with the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S.  class. Her presentation was not only informative but also motivating, leaving a lasting impression on the students who are currently in the same position she was eight years ago. Kate’s willingness to share her insights and experiences serves as a beacon of hope for those who are just starting their own journey. Her visit was a valuable contribution to the students’ education, and we are grateful for her time and dedication to empowering the next generation.