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Journey into Education and Teaching

Cohort 1 Profile

UMass Dartmouth

The candidate quotes are excerpted from the personal statements they wrote as part of the application process, in answer to the question, "why do you want to teach?

indicates those who have obtained their Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree from UMD and are currently pursuing their Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degrees.

Sharon Babb: When I found out about the JET program and the Paraprofessionals Teacher Preparation Grant, I thought this was exactly what I needed to fulfill my aspirations. Tricia Cabral: I want to become a teacher because it is like helping your child learn to walk. It is the best feeling in the world.
  BA Dec '11
  BA Dec '11
Jason Cruz: I decided I needed to go to college after all. I thought back to my teachers and counselors and decided to teach. I would show other disadvantaged youth a positive future for themselves. Brenda Francisco: I can remember my kindergarten teacher asking each of us what we wanted to be when we grew up. My answer was a teacher. Over the next 13 years I had many experiences that fueled this desire.
  BA May '12
Karen LePage: I feel that it is time for me to take my education to the next level, which would be to become a teacher. Karen Mello: I believe that teachers do not just teach their students academics, but also give them the tools they need to continue in their life's journey.
BA Dec '11  
Lisa O'Brien: I welcome the opportunity the work in a high-need Massachusetts school. I am very much looking forward to expanding my knowledge through the Jet program. Christine Rodrigues: I have always worked in a special education room, mostly as a classroom aide. I enjoy what I do, and I'm always trying to better myself with education.
BA Dec '11  
Lisa Romanowicz: With the inner peace I felt as a child, I will be honored to provide a listening ear, a compassionate face and a good shoulder to lean on for every child in my path.  
BA May '12