CEHD Alumni Win NYC Excellence in Education Awards
About the winners and how UD prepared them for careers in education
“From a young age, I have always enjoyed helping others. At times, school was a struggle for me, and I always appreciated those teachers who were patient and nurturing. They were an inspiration to me, and I wanted to be that person for others in the future. In my senior year of college, I gained real teaching experience as an intern at a school that was run in a hospital, where I taught students with chronic illnesses.”
“For my minor I took a wide range of courses about the history of education, contemporary issues in education, inequity within the education system, and pedagogy. With guidance from professors including Dr. Matusov, Dr. Hampel, and Dr. Rolon-Dow, my lifelong interest in education blossomed into a full-scale passion. I went on to work at both The College School as an art teacher and at the University of Delaware Laboratory Preschool, where I completed my honors undergraduate thesis about the implementation of a social and emotional learning curriculum in an inclusive classroom setting.”
“After completing the winter session of junior year in Barbados, where I participated in service learning in primary classrooms, I started looking at myself as a future educator. I was also a hip-hop choreographer for the Delaware Dance Fever team all four years. It was my experience educating and my passion for teaching dance that led me to believe I could be a great teacher.”
“As an education major at the University of Delaware, I felt fully prepared to pursue a career in education. The education program at UD provided hands-on experience working in a classroom beginning freshman year. The best experience I had was student teaching for 12 weeks in an inclusion classroom. I had the opportunity to teach and lead lessons in a third grade class, which thoroughly prepared me for a career in education.”
About Success Academy
Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools are free public K-12 schools open to all children in New York state. With 46 schools across Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, Success Academy enrolls 17,000 students, primarily children of color from low-income households in underserved neighborhoods: 75% receive free or reduced-price lunch, 93% are students of color, 16% have disabilities, 8% are English language learners, and 9% live in temporary housing. Despite these challenges, Success Academy students are beating the odds: On this year’s state exams, 100% of Success scholars passed science, 98% passed math, and 91% passed ELA — Success Academy outperformed all other districts in the state, including affluent suburbs like Chappaqua and Scarsdale. For more information about working at Success Academy, visit successcareers.org.