Spotlight on WBL Coordinator, Jeffrey Robinson and Former WBL Student, LaDaesjha Groover
Mr. Jeffrey Robinson is in his fifth year as the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Woodville Tompkins. Through his time and dedication, Jeff has grown the program from 20 students to 80 plus students. This has been accomplished by promoting the WBL program within the school and taking every opportunity to speak with parents. Mr. Robinson works very closely with other CTAE pathway teachers to facilitate opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience while utilizing their pathway knowledge and training.
LaDaesjha Groover, former student at Woodville Tompkins completed the Financial Services Pathway and then began her Work Based Learning experience with Kessler. At the time, Mr. Robinson and Ms. Sharon Stallings, Hospitality & Tourism instructor, identified ten students to participate in a multistage training process with Katie Green and Nancy Kiska with Kessler Collection hotels. LaDaesjha was hired to work as an intern with the Human Resource Department. Upon graduation, she was offered a full-time position with JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. LaDaesjha has received several promotions in a short time and is currently the Human Resource Coordinator. LaDaesjha is responsible for conducting staff training and onboarding for new employees as well as many other responsibilities.
Recently the Work-Based Learning Coordinators from the Southeast Region of Georgia met in Savannah and toured JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. Tour guide, LaDaesjha Groover happily shared her experience with the WBL coordinators. They were captivated by her composure, extensive knowledge of the property, and eloquence. Our guests were further shocked and impressed when they realized LaDaesjha is only 19 years old. She loves her job and has a very bright future in the industry.
Thank you, Mr. Robinson, for your dedication to our students! LaDaesjha, we are so proud of you!