Education Alumna Lands Dream Job through Annual Interview Day 

Posted May 10, 2024

By Maggie Nicol ‘25 

Each year, Otterbein’s Education Department hosts an event during spring semester for its seniors to have speed rounds of interviews with local school districts in central Ohio before they graduate.  

Alumna Mackenzie Wendt ’23 participated in 2023 and received interviews and, ultimately, a job opportunity thanks to the event. Wendt still works in that position as an intervention specialist at Worthington City Schools.  

“This event was a piece of what led me to getting the job with Worthington City Schools.  Before the interview day, Worthington wasn’t really on my radar,” she said.  

Wendt has been passionate throughout her life about working with people who have more needs than average. Before attending Otterbein, she attended The Ohio State University and was active with its theater and arts program. She also participated in the Shakespearean autism program at OSU.  

“I loved theater and knew I wanted to say in education and work in schools, and the best way to work in public school is with the teaching license. So when Covid happened, took that as an opportunity to advance my career as opposed to stalling it,” said Wendt.  

Wendt wanted to work in an environment that would foster growth and development – and fulfill her at the end of each day. “What made me say yes to this job, specifically, was I could tell from the first five minutes of my interview with my building principal and vice principal how they deeply loved and cared about the students,” she said.  

By attending Otterbein, Wendt was in the classroom starting her first year, working with a variety of teachers from schools throughout central Ohio. Also, she could work directly with students from different backgrounds, which allowed her to learn what each of her students needed most.  

Wendt has applied what she learned through these experiences in her current position and is realizing her dream of making a difference in students’ lives. “I knew with a supportive administration, I would be able to be successful helping my students reach their full potential,” she said.