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Think Big About Your Future: Career Spotlight for Teens

Hey Teens! 

Interested in learning about different jobs? 

Want to find out what it takes to achieve your dream career?

Wednesday, December 1st


Downtown Branch Community Room and Online Via Zoom

Program is for ages 12-18

Look no further, the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, in collaboration with Your Future is Our Business, are gathering four local professionals to speak and discuss about their respective job sector. This hybrid event will host an online seminar that anybody can access remotely, and at the same time, hold a screening in the Downtown Meeting Room for any interested teen.

This event is part of the Santa Cruz Workforce Collaborative grant. The Santa Cruz Workforce Collaborative will offer a holistic approach to jobseekers at various levels of need by bringing together information about local workforce programs in the library's Navigation Center, creating a much needed roadmap of services, and providing bilingual, 1-on-1, and workshop-based support to individuals in navigating the career development process.

For any question, please contact Iván Llamas at
Zoom link:

This event was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Panelist Bios: 

Renee Golder is the Principal at Bay View and currently serving in the city council of Santa Cruz. Previously, Renne was the RTL Coordinator (Response to Intervention), and a teacher in grades K-12. At work, she is known for my organization, flexibility, and for being an energetic leader among my peers. Renne understands the importance of building relationships with students, families, and the community. Understanding that students bring a unique set of experiences and knowledge to the classroom I foster individuals while creating a group learning environment through teamwork.

Elizabeth Shaw has been teaching in Santa Cruz County for over a decade. She has taught all over the county, from Watsonville to the San Lorenzo Valley, supporting students where they are. Prior to education, she worked in IT Networking and Operations, with her last position as an IT Manager at UPS. Elizabeth has a passionate heart for social justice and conservation, and structures her courses with a lens of inclusion and empathy. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Redlands, her multiple subject teaching credential from California State University Monterey Bay, and her Master's of Arts in Teaching from California State University Fresno, focusing on Multicultural and Social Justice Education. Outside of school, her interests include reading, singing, music, film, exploring the natural world, and spending time with family and friends.

Shelby Graham has a 35-year career as an arts educator, curator, and photographer. Most recently Graham served as the director/curator of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) from 1999 to 2021. She has collaborated on exhibition projects with the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, CA; the San Jose Museum of Art; The Center for Photographic Art, in Carmel, CA; and the Craft & Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA; and galleries in Japan, the Czech Republic, the Canary Islands, Spain and other venues. She has taught courses in photography, contemporary art and museum practices at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at San Jose State University; Cabrillo College; and Seinan Gakuin University in Kyushu, Japan. Graham earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in photography from San Jose State University and specializes in alternative and experimental photography with innovative curatorial practice. She was on the Board of Trustees at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel from 2015-2018 and has collaborated on several collaborative exhibitions with the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and many faculty members at UC Santa Cruz. She is currently working on a project with the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art for 2022.

Michelle Chao has been a faculty member of the Early Childhood Education program at Cabrillo College since 2001. Prior to teaching in ECE, she worked as a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Pajaro Valley Unified School District and in Santa Cruz City Schools. She specializes in anti-bias/social justice/anti-racist approaches with young children, partnerships with families, positive guidance, and with various pedagogical approaches to working with young children including Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, Anji Play, and nature-based Kindergarten programs.

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