December 2019

Cherokee Bluff High School

Hayden is a Healthcare Science student and  is completing the Surgical Tech pathway this year. She interns with Lanier Therapy in Motion, and hopes to attend UGA, UNG, or Georgia Tech for her undergraduate degree before attending medical school.

Hayden’s mentor states “She is very personable and communicates well with all individuals. She is responsible and takes direction well.”

Great Job, Hayden!

Hayden Rule

Lanier Therapy in Motion

Yaxire is a Senior who has completed the Patient Care Fundamentals Pathway. Yaxire’s career goal is to be a dental hygienist. She started the year interning with Dr. Ben Hawkins where she was learning basic dental care techniques. Because of Yaxire’s hard work,  she is now a paid intern at Dr. Kock’s Oral Surgeon Office.


Yaxire is now helping sterilize equipment, observe surgeries and assist with front office duties. Her mentors state, “We enjoy having her as part of our team. She is punctual, professional and motivated.” 


Great Job Yaxire, we are proud of you!

Chestatee High School

Yaxire Esquivel

Hawkins Family Dental

Janet Mendoza

I am currently placed at N5G, the 5th floor of the North Patient Tower in Gainesville Georgia. I plan to pursue a career as a Pediatric Speech Pathologist. I took an interest in speech ever since my first placement at the Rehabilitation Institute in August. I plan to attend the University of Georgia to pursue a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, then get certified to practice my study at a local clinic.

Work Based Learning has helped me a lot. WBL gave me the opportunity to see so many different things I would normally not see on a regular basis. WBL has introduced me to so many amazing people who are passionate about their careers and given me the opportunity to get real life experience.

I am currently a dual enrollment student at the University of North Georgia. I am in marching band and serve as the clarinet section leader. I serve as Vice-President in National Honor Society and I am also involved in HoPe, Beta Club and Student Council. I enjoy every activity I am involved in and all the members involved.

I chose healthcare because I’ve always had a need to help others. Healthcare is a direct way to help people give them a good start in life or help them continue a good and happy life.

Northeast Georgia Health Systems

East Hall High School

Liam Boylan

Liam is the Work-Based Learning Student of the Month for December 2019!  He is a Senior and is currently interning Sidney’s Restaurant Lanier Islands in Buford, GA.  Liam is interning under Chef Kline and he is pursuing a career in Culinary Arts.  He is completing soft skill lessons to earn the Georgia Best Certificate!


Flowery Branch High School

Sidney's Restaurant 

“James is such a great addition to our AOD family.  He strives every day to connect with the students and help them gain more confidence!”

James is a Healthcare Science Pathway Completer and he has earned credentials for:


•Basic Life Support


Great Job, James!

James Lancaster

Johnson High School

Academy of Discoveries

Devin Hardeman

Devin Hardeman is a senior at Lanier College Career Academy and works hard as an assistant for Hardeman’s Wrecker Services.


Devin is responsible and a leader both at school and on the job.  He displays soft skills in his academics and work demonstrating what is expected as a Work-Based Learning student in Hall County. 


We are proud to give Devin this honor; knowing the bar is raised and our students know what it takes to receive the recognition of Student of the Month!

Hardeman's Wrecker Service

Lanier College & Career Academy

Leah Smith

Karmen Stephens

Kamen is the December Student of the Month for Work Based Learning.  He interns at the Gainesville UPS hub where he sorts and loads packages passing through Gainesville on the way to eagerly awaiting customers. 

Kamen just finished up helping with the busy peak season around Christmas.  The increased hours and work load never got in the way of his school work as Kamen consistently turns in his assignments well ahead of the due date.

We are proud of you and your work ethics!  Great job, Kamen!




North Hall High School

Leah Smith

Poultry Technical Services

Leah is a Senior who works at Poultry Technical Services in Gainesville.   She is currently completing two Agriculture pathways (Agricultural Mechanics & Veterinary Science). Leah plans to pursue a career in Avian Veterinary Science (specializing in the treatment of birds) and is gaining valuable experience on her current job.  She is also learning employability skills thru Work-Based Learning. 




North Hall High School

West Hall High School

Erika is a healthcare student who is currently interning at North Georgia Health Systems where she is involved in the hospital rotation. She is involved in Dual Enrollment and extra curricular activities at school. 

Her mentor states, "I look forward to seeing where Erika goes from here. I have no doubt she will be a wonderful nurse."

Congratulations Erika!


Erika Benitez

Northeast Georgia Health Systems

The Hall County Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, handicapping condition, or sex in its educational programs or employment. 

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