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Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education, Regis College, '13; University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004 with a degree in Sports Management
I worked as an intern in the Simmons College Athletic department my first year out of college. While I was there I was given the opportunity to be a long term substitute at the Winsor School in their physical education department. I then went on to get a job as a teaching assistant in the special education department at Needham High School. This was my first experience with special education and I truly loved it.
When I was working at the Winsor School as a substitute was when I realized teaching was the career I wanted as opposed to a career in sports management. The experience I had at Winsor allowed me to see and experience teaching first hand and right away I knew that it was something I wanted to do for a very long time.
A friend of mine was in the graduate nursing program when I was beginning my search for graduate special education programs. She told me about Regis and then I went to an open house where I met many people in the Graduate department as a whole along with Dr. Leona McCaughey-Oreszak. This open house allowed me to see the graduate program at Regis and really sold me on the school as a place I would be proud to earn a maters degree from.
The professors were all great. They brought not only knowledge but also experience to the classroom. They had all been teachers in elementary middle or high school at some point in their careers and they were able to show us how the material we were learning would be helpful and how it would be applied in our classrooms as teachers.