Teaching Professions (Brooklyn)

Questions? Call (440) 891-7666.

Few professions are more rewarding than teaching.  The best teachers make learning exciting, fun, and relevant.  Teachers are special people with special talents.  They are mentors, role models, nurturers and friends.

The Teaching Professions program gives you an opportunity to develop skills in classroom management, lesson planning and instruction.  Throughout the program, you will learn about various intelligences, learning styles and ability levels.  In addition to Teaching Professions program instruction, you will participate in online coursework, shadowing experiences (junior year) and pre-service internships (senior year), and field trips that help solidify your future goals.

The coursework and work-based experience will provide you a solid foundation for a successful teaching career as a “tech-savvy” teacher.  You will develop an educational portfolio that can be utilized to complete a secondary program for college credits.

Polaris Career Center and Baldwin-Wallace College have an articulation agreement that can offer you a jump-start on your college coursework.  With this collaboration, the Polaris Teaching Professions program becomes a career-focused, college-level high school program.


Demonstrate novice mastery in:

  • Understanding how students develop and learn
  • Organizing content for student learning
  • Designing lessons for student success
  • Creating a positive classroom environment
  • Classroom management
  • Presenting effective lessons
  • Teaching
  • English language learners
  • Planning and designing effective learning experiences supported by technology
  • Using technology to enhance productivity and professional practice
  • Valuable techniques for communicating with parents and other professionals
  • Understanding and using educational research to enhance student learning and professional practice


  • Laptop computer and software
  • IVDL (distance learning) equipment
  • LCD projector
  • ActivBoard
  • Webcam
  • Scanner
  • Printer
Video equipment
  • Career Options
  • Instructional aide
  • Summer camp counselor
  • Technology curriculum aide

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Pre-school instructor/director
  • Elementary/middle school/high school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Career-technical teacher
  • Guidance counselor
  • Coach/sports instructor

High School Credit Junior Year

Teaching Professions:  2.5, Technology:  .5

Potential College Semester Hour Credit

Baldwin-Wallace College:  3.0*
University of Cincinnati:  4.0
College Tech Prep:  9.0
*earned upon enrollment in Baldwin-Wallace College

For additional information regarding Polaris satellite/off-campus programs, contact Diane Xander, Principal of Satellite Programs, at 440.891.7666 or dxander@polaris.edu.

Program Resources

Course of Study

Sample Assignments

Teaching Professions 2015-2016 Advisory Members

Ms. Jamie Bollinger, Cuyahoga Community College
Mr. Matt Dunlap, Fairview Park City Schools
Dr. Clayton Dusek, Baldwin Wallace University
Ms. Sherri Fox, Berea-Midpark High School
Mrs. Mickey Krivak, Brook Park Memorial Elementary School
Ms. Melanie Lowe Fleischer, Brooklyn City Schools
Ms. Margie McMullen, North Olmsted High School
Ms. Lisa Palmison, Olmsted Falls High School
Mr. Robert Schuff, Berea-Midpark High School

Teacher: Ron Goodwin
Program: Teaching Professions
e-mail: rgoodwin@polaris.edu
BA English
University of Akron
MA Education
Baldwin-Wallace College
No. of Years at Polaris: 22
Industry Experience: 22 years of teaching adult and high school students
Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, mountain bike riding, landscaping and gardening, spending time with family and reading