Saint Joseph's University
Saint Joseph's University (Master's)
This May, I graduated with a Masters in Teaching, and a Reading Specialist Certificate, from my alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
During my fall semester of senior year, I applied the theories I learned in the undergraduate school classroom to practice in an elementary school classroom during a fourteen-week period of student teaching. My experiences during that period were exciting and inspired an ever-increasing enthusiasm about my career as a teacher.
During this fourteen-weeks I had the opportunity to teach seven weeks in a general education setting, and seven weeks in an Autism Support Room. These experiences, while very different from one another, contributed equally to developing my abilities to effectively teach diverse learners with different needs. For example, in the Autism classroom I used sensory learning tools to enhance collaborative lessons. My student teaching experience provided me with the important understanding that all students learn differently, and it is the responsibility of the teacher to meet these varying needs. I firmly believe that every child can achieve when provided with the appropriate instructional strategies, which makes me excited for the opportunity to work with East Harlem, a school whose core values align with this personal philosophy.
Complementing my student teaching experience, Saint Joseph’s University provided me with a rigorous, informative and inspiring education. Given that the university is located in Philadelphia, I was exposed to diverse educational environments, including private suburban schools, as well as urban public. Teaching in these contrasting communities served to strengthen my knowledge in the importance of being an innovative, and flexible thinker. This May, I graduated with a Masters in Teaching, and a Reading Specialist Certificate, from my alma mater, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
During my fall semester of senior year, I applied the theories I learned in the undergraduate school classroom to
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