Master of Arts in Teaching
Q. Why have you decided to go into teaching?
A. I have always wanted to inspire students to love literature as much as I do. Sometimes it is difficult to inspire students in an English class, because they do not initially see a connection to the ‘real world’. I want to apply the academic knowledge that I’ve learned and bridge the timelessness of literature with the realities of life.
Q. The program stresses “preparing students for a global age”. What does that mean for you, and how has that been implemented?
A. For me a large part of a global society deals with an increase in technology and communication. My courses have stressed teaching 21st Century skills, and trying to stay one level ahead of any current trends in technology. This is extremely important both for me and for my students, and I have used these skills in my Field Experiences.
Q. Would you mind describing these Field Experiences?
A. I had the opportunity to work in the American History High School in Newark New Jersey which was a wonderful experience. I also was able to work in Morristown High School. Both were great places to hone my craft. American History High School was a magnet school, and a good portion of the students were minorities. This was very influential for me because I was able to speak both Spanish and English to the students.
Q. Are you originally from another country?
A. My family is from Ecuador and I grew up in a bilingual home. I have always wanted to use that experience in my professional life. In fact, one of my goals is to work with ESL learners.
Q. So what has surprised you most about the MAT program?
A. I would have to say that I have been amazed at how quickly the program has progressed. The program has pushed me and challenged me on so many levels, and by the time I was able to catch my breath, I had already completed a semester!
Q. How has it been working with your fellow students?
A. One of my favorite aspects of going to Drew was meeting new people. I always have a great time with my friends here, especially when we go bowling and go out to dinner. More importantly, my friends are also my colleagues, and they are my support system. It is so important to have a group of people you can rely on when whether you have a question on educational theory or you just need some time to have fun.