Master of Arts in Teaching
Q. Why did you decide to go into education?
A. When I was a high school student, I loved school and I loved studying the material. My favorite subject was science and I decided that I would love to share that love with other people. It is very important for me to express the importance and fun of the sciences with others.
Q. How does your graduate study differ from your undergraduate work?
A. When I was an undergraduate, the focus was mainly on reading and writing materials. Now, the work is far more intensive and concentrated on your own personal development and growth. Also, the classes are much smaller. I am in a very tight-nit group of students that study Biology, and this has helped me make my studies very personal. It is wonderful to learn from my fellow students.
Q. Describe the Field Experiences that you have participated in.
A. I have done two Field Experiences so far. One was in a suburban school and the other was an urban school. Originally, I was worried that it would be difficult to relate with students in an urban setting, but I have been very pleasantly surprised there. The students are a very dynamic group and my advisors and teachers have been extremely helpful and accommodating; I’ve really loved the experiences!
Q. Have you created any units and administered them in these classes?
A. Right now I am working with materials that the school has given us. For a new teacher this has been very helpful because all the equipment I need has already been given to me. What is really great is that they do not stress textbook work as much as they thought they would. Instead, I have been able to use my knowledge from Drew very creatively without the constraints of basic texts. It has really helped me to improve my craft.
Q. What knowledge and themes have been stressed here at Drew?
A. What has been the most important to me is to learn the way that education and educational theories have changed throughout the years. The craft is certainly not stagnant; it is always progressing. Currently, we are looking at constructivism and its usefulness in the classroom, and we have been designing lesson plans with this theory in mind. This has been a huge help for me in my field experiences.
Q. How have the faculty helped you with these theories and practices?
A. The faculty is always there to listen to you. They have been very involved in my field experiences and have answered any and all questions I’ve had about my class work. Their assistance has been one of the greatest aspects of the program.
Q. What advice would you like to give anyone considering the MAT program?
A. Get to know your professors. Drew is a very close community, and it makes this very easy to accomplish. As I’ve said, they have been a great help to me, and I think being active in the community at Drew has been one of the most positive parts of my time here.