Hometown: Denville, NJ
Degrees earned from Caldwell:
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Social Studies
Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
K-6 Teaching Certification
Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
Current professional work: Special Education Aide in Pequannock Middle School
What has Caldwell given you?
Caldwell has given me so much. It has given me the opportunity to grow into a confident and outgoing woman and teacher. It has given me a loving support system and fun memories through the friendships I formed with classmates and coworkers. It has given me role models of caring and passionate educators through the relationships and classes with my professors. It has given me the opportunity to grow in my faith as a Catholic. It has given me a second home and family.
Highlights of your time at Caldwell?
· Working as a student ambassador in the admissions office
· Making my confirmation through Campus Ministry’s RCIA Program
· Completing my Honors/Scholars Program Project on a topic I’m passionate about– empathy towards women with reproductive disorders.
· Completing my social studies departmental outcomes on the Equal Rights Amendment
· Completing my master’s thesis on SEL
Main activities you were involved in at Caldwell:
· Campus Ministry
· Student Ambassador in the Admissions Office
· Clubs: Circle K, CUEA and Earth Club
· Peer Tutoring
Where are you headed? Next steps in life’s journey? I’m going to finish out the school year in my role as a special education aide and am hoping to be a full-time teacher in September!
What makes Caldwell U a special place? The Caldwell community. Everyone on campus, from professors, faculty and staff, and students are all welcoming and supportive of each other. Because of this community I was able to form lifelong friendships and gain another home and family that I will take with me everywhere I go.
Any life lessons you feel you have learned during this pandemic? Make time to relax and for your loved ones. I was always running around and doing something, whether it was class, homework, admissions, tutoring, or fieldwork and never made time for myself to rest. Rest is very important in the career I’m going into, so I learned how to make time for that. I also realized how invaluable time with your loved ones and friends is and making time for them is also important.
If you could do it all over again would you still come to Caldwell? In a heartbeat. These have been the best five years of my life and I would not trade my experiences at this school for anything.
Anything else? I want to shout out the professors in the School of Education for preparing me to be the teacher I have dreamed of being since I was 11, and to my professors in the History Department, especially my advisor Dr. Mullaney, for helping me grow as a student, for their constant support in all of my endeavors in my academic and teaching careers.