Previous Faces of the SOE
Sara Hutton is a junior adolescent Social Studies student in the School of Education. Over the summer, Sara attended 4-day youth activist conference called the Fourth Estate, hosted by the organization Invisible Children in San Diego, CA.
Michele Benjamin is a 1997 School of Education graduate who earned her MST in Adolescent Education in the subject area of Biology for grades 5-12. Michele has had the fortune of teaching students in multiple states such as New York, Texas, and Kansas. Read more.
Anna Fishman, Administration Director in the Office of the Dean for the SOE, will be an employee of Pace University for 31 years next month. One of Anna's favorite activities is fishing and in the picture displayed, Anna is holding up a 35-inch Northern Pike she caught on Chatteugay Lake in Lyon Mountain, NY this summer.
(Caption: Left: Fred Ende, Middle: Laurie Ende, Right: Sydney Ende)
School of Education alumnus Fred and Laurie Ende have made their mark not only as teachers but as entrepreneurs as well. Fred graduated from the School of Education at Pace University in 2003 with his MSED in Instructional Technology and his wife Laurie also graduated from the School of Education in 2004 with a MST in Childhood Education
Allison Wise is a current School of Education (SOE) Teaching Fellows student enrolled in the Master of Science for Teachers (MST) Adolescent Education program with a concentration in biology who teaches 6th grade science at MS 345 Manhattan (Lower East Side.)
Ms. Wise had the following to say about the SOE faculty, "I appreciate the faculty's honesty with us about what to expect both positively and negatively with the program and especially the first year in teaching. I also like their genuine desire to see us succeed."
Britt Neuhaus graduated from the School of Education at Pace University in ’09, where she was an early childhood education major wit
h a bi-lingual extension. She’s currently working for the Citizens School, a not-for-profit organization partnering with middle schools which brings extended time, talented adults, and relevant learning experiences to middle-school students in low-income neighborhoods in New York, as a Civic Engagement Manger.
She’s has been transitioning well into her new role over the last three months after teaching the past three years as a 3rd and 6th grade bilingual teacher in New York City Public schools. Neuhaus has translated concepts and principles that she learned while at Pace into her education career and she is intent on making a difference one student at a time.
“I wanted to get in with an organization that spoke to my experience and where the needs were,” Neuhaus said. “This position has been one of the coolest and most rewarding jobs ever.”
While at Pace, two classes in particular, Social Studies Methods and Teacher as Researcher, introduced her to topics she would be faced with and that would directly correlate with her role now.
“Social Studies Methods got me thinking about how students learn not only by listening but by doing and that’s something that I’ve applied to my own teaching style,” Neuhaus said. “Teacher for Researcher taught me how to pick a real problem that kids face and how to try to solve that problem through research and teaching and then monitor whether strategies were successful or not. Both classes were really great ways for me to get my feet wet.”
The Citizens School’s focus is to re-imagine the traditional school day by expanding the school day for the high need areas. Instead of getting out at 3 p.m., the day ends at 6 p.m., and they bring in a 2nd shift of teachers that come in at 10a.m., figure out the needs and then the regular teacher passes the reigns over to them at 3 p.m. They go over homework, targeted academic lessons, and offer apprenticeships.
“The apprenticeships are the innovative part of the organization,” said Neuhaus. “My job is to ask students from colleges and universities, professionals from the private sectors and from the community to share with our kids about what they’re passionate about. For example, we have Google programmers come in and show students how to make video games and music engineers show them how to record music, and so much more. It exposes them to relevant skills and knowledge to connect to college and a real career.”
For more information about the Citizens School visit their website http://www.citizenschools.org/
SOE Faculty member Joan Walker was featured in the May 2011 issue of Academic Excellence & Leadership Development via the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development. In the video, Joan discusses how she integrates technology into her classroom by using simulations to try and minimize the disconnect in higher education between the classroom and the real world of practice where School of Education students will work.