What do you hope to do with your degree?
Go back to classroom teaching, using my new knowledge to improve my teaching and my students’ learning.
How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?
Through an Internet search of San Diego grad programs. I chose SOLES because of the small class sizes, the community atmosphere, and the rigor of the program.
Tell us about your background.
I am originally from Michigan and earned my B.A. in Spanish and English from Hope College. I also pole vaulted on the Hope’s Track & Field team during my time there. Since then I have taught middle/high school Spanish for two years in Brooklyn, NY, middle school Spanish for three years in Northern Virginia, and have coached track and cross country teams in Virginia.
Are you currently working?
I am not currently teaching, but I do some part-time subbing in local school districts.
Tell us about any research or independent study you have done at SOLES.
I am currently working on proposing my action research project that will likely focus on how technology can help effectively motivate students in my classroom.
How has your SOLES education impacted your career?
SOLES has given me the opportunity to reflect upon my teaching and to reflect upon current issues in education that I hadn’t considered before.
Which class has impacted you the most?
So far I’d have to say my Multiple Literacies class with Dr. Kane. Not only did we discuss the many different types of literacies that our students should be exposed to in school, but we also reflected on how privilege and oppression play roles in our classroom even if we are not always aware of it. The discussions we had and activities we did have really impacted the way I see myself and my classroom, and it will definitely change the way I teach for the better.
Are there specific SOLES faculty you feel have contributed significantly to your success?
All of the SOLES faculty I have interacted with have been extremely helpful in ensuring my success in the program. They really care about you as a student and go out of their way to help with any questions or concerns you may have.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I plan to go back to classroom teaching, and hopefully coaching as well. Being a teacher is my dream job and I’m excited to return to the profession with a new set of tools to better reach my students.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective students?
SOLES is a great community and I’m very happy with my decision to continue my education here. Plus, if you have to be at school in the afternoons/evenings the sunset view from Mother Rosalie Hill Hall makes it much more enjoyable :)