Hello! I'm Valerie Hooten and I'm teaching 8th grade EBA(Exploring Business Applications) and CD(Career Development)!
Exploring Business Applications is a one-semester course with emphasis given to computer concepts and operations, programming and design, computer software, and the implications of technology in society and ethics. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental uses for computer applications and technology in business and careers.
Career Development is a one semester course for grade 8 designed to teach career development through research and understanding of self and the world of work for college and career readiness. Career research and decision-making with education and training plans for exploration and development will be core standards. Students will be knowledgeable of career options, and the personal skills, aptitudes, and employer expectations of future careers of choice. Students will identify personal traits and characteristics for a better understanding of self in their pursuit of finding a meaningful, fulfilling and rewarding career. Through better recognition and understanding of personal interests, values, aptitudes and abilities students can assess how they relate to the world of work in order to acquire the skills necessary for appropriate placement in the workforce.
I received my BSBA from the University of Arkansas in 2005 and worked in several positions at the Walmart Home Office and in the banking industry. I decided to go back to school and earned my Masters of Arts in Teaching in 2013 from Arkansas Tech University. I have a supportive husband who helps me raise our 6 children. This is my 7th year at Lonoke and I'm looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year!!
If you ever have questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email me.