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thinc Career Chat with Tanya Van Court

  1. 1. thinc Career Chat with Tanya Van Court Friday, January 18 1 p.m. ET Bring your students to our thinc Career Chat with Tanya Van Court, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Discovery Education. Tanya has worked at some really awesome places like ESPN and Nickelodeon. Your students will learn a lot from Tanya so have them come prepared to ask questions. What do I need to do to have my students participate? 1 Let us know youʼre planning to attend. Register at: 2 Have your students submit their questions for our guest to our Edmodo group. Just go to and register for a free account. Then join our thinc Career Chat group using the code: fjsgij 3 Double check to make sure Google Hangouts are not blocked at your school. On the day of the event you will go to to participate.About thinc Career ChatsOur thinc Career Chats are an opportunity for students to connect with some really amazing people who have equallyamazing careers. The chats are intended for students in grades five through twelve.The first part of the chat is a live video broadcast through Google Hangouts. For approximately 20 minutes a studentinterviews our special guest. All students are encouraged to submit questions in advance via Edmodo.After the video broadcast, our special guest will answer additional questions live in Edmodo for approximately 20 minutes.Questions? Contact
  2. 2. Tanya Van Court Senior Vice President, Discovery Education www.discoveryeducation.comTo help your students get to know Tanya before the thinc Career Chat, we asked hersome general questions in advance.Where do you live?Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, NY Tanyaʼs FavoritesWhere did you go to school? BookToler Heights Elementary, Oakland (CA) The Prophet by Khalil GibranAdams Jr. High, El Cerrito High School (CA) FoodStanford University (CA) Peach CobblerTell us about your family. PlaceI am the youngest of 6 children. My mom is African- Barcelona, SpainAmerican, my dad is Caucasian, and my 5 siblings areall African-American. I lost my mom to a brain Technologyaneurysm when I was 6 years old, and all 6 of us were iPhoneraised by my moms sister, my Aunt Fern. I was bornand raised in Oakland, CA, and then El Cerrito, CA Sports teamafter my moms death. Oakland RAIDERS!Give us your bio in your own words. Movie The Notebook (sappy, I know)Life always felt uncertain to me because I lost my momat such a young age, so I strove to control as much of Seasonmy destiny as possible by getting good grades. I Summer, summer, and moremajored in Industrial Engineering at Stanford because I summer!had no idea what I wanted to do with my life - I justknew that Engineering was a degree that would enable Quoteme to get a good job, and I got a Masters degree in "Excellence is not a singular act butIndustrial Engineering because I really liked school and a habit. You are what you dowasnt ready to get a job yet. repeatedly." - Shaquille ONealI lived in 5 different states in the 5 years aftergraduating from college, and have had at least 3 different careers in the past 20 years. Eachcareer move for me has been about getting me closer and closer to the subject matter that Iam most passionate about - kids. Speaking of kids, I had 3 beautiful kids (Gabrielle, Seneca,and Hendrix), but lost Seneca when he was 3 months old. Gabrielle is now 7, Hendrix is now3, and they are the greatest blessings in my life.