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Building: Possibilities - Engaging in Authentic Learning Experiences for the Future

Updated: Sep 13, 2022

Join us on September 22nd for an important panel discussion! We'll have expert panelists for students, faculty and employers seeking to expand their knowledge on post secondary readiness. This program will provide insight on how sharing practical expertise and special talents with students translate into experiential learning - a community connection designed to enhance educational curriculums, making learning more meaningful and relevant for students.

Emanual Young

Facilitated by:

Emanuel Young, Partnership Coordinator, Rockwood School District. Partners in Education links community resources to Rockwood classrooms. Emanuel has demonstrated history of leveraging community connections to provide students with authentic learning experiences. Skilled in Instruction, Public Speaking, and Curriculum Development. A 2019 Parkway West Teacher of the Year Award makes him a favorite of students, faculty and staff. Progress 64 is honored to have him facilitate our program.

Panelists include:

Erica Land

Erica Land, Director, St. Charles County CAPS Program.

Erica Land has over 20 years of experience as a leader in nonprofits, specifically in fundraising. Currently, she is the Director of the St. Charles County CAPS program. CAPS stands for Center for Advanced Professional Studies and is offered in all five public school districts in St. Charles County. In 2020, Erica was one of several honorees who received an award for Tribute to Success through the nonprofit, Connections to Success. In 2018, she received the Young Professional Leadership Award from the Athena Foundation. She was also one of fifty who were honored at Beyond the Best in 2016 by Streetscape Magazine. Erica is active in the community as a board member for the Community Council of St. Charles County.

Xanthe Meyer

Xanthe Meyer, Director, Parkway Spark!

With over 25 years of teaching, (20 in Parkway School District), Xanthe Meyer holds a B.S. in Marketing Education and MBA from Lindenwood University with an emphasis in marketing. She is a Business/Marketing Instructor, a

2013 Missouri Marketing and Cooperating Education Teacher of Year. nominated for Missouri ACTE 2014 Teacher of the Year, DECA Advisor and Marketing and Career Education Board Member. She is also the Co-Founder of Parkway Spark! Currently, she is in year 6 of the Spark! Program and has 20 high school entrepreneurs, located in Chesterfield Mall, and in a partnership with Maryville University.

Jennifer Stanfill

Jennifer Stanfill, Director, Choice Programs, Parkway Schools.

Jennifer Stanfill is beginning her 20th year in education. She began her career in the Ritenour School District as a business teacher, cheerleading coach, A+ Coordinator, and High School Assistant Principal. In 2010, Jennifer moved to the Parkway School District to serve as the Career & Technical Education Curriculum Coordinator. She currently serves as Director of Choice Programs in Parkway. She coordinates district involvement in efforts as diverse as Spark!, the Early College Program, Summer School, Fern Ridge, South Technical High School, and, a program that has touched more lives in the past few years than ever before, Virtual Learning.

Katie Vargas, College & Career Specialist, Francis Howell School District.

Katie Vargas is a College/Career Specialist, FHSD working diligently to forge meaningful partnerships that produce authentic learning experiences for k-12 students- ultimately contributing to a robust employee pipeline for the region.

Don't miss this Event!
  • Learn how top educators build partnerships with thought leaders and innovators.

  • Discover the diverse opportunities in authentic, experiential learning.

  • Find ways to collaborate with educators and administrators to help strengthen our graduating student relevance.

Thursday, September 22nd — 11:30 a.m.

Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center

16625 Swingley Ridge Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017, USA


Progress 64 West Members — FREE

Guests — $45

Registration required.

Lunch included.

Casual attire.


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