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Journey into Education and Teaching

Cohort 4 Profile

UMass Dartmouth

The quotes from the cohort members are excerpted from their responses to "Why do you want to become a teacher?" asked on the JET application.

indicates those who transferred from the JET program at Bristol Community College (BCC) and their BCC cohort numbers.

Tara Serena-Anderson: I am an idealist and I believe that regardless of circumstances every student can learn. Sometimes the same lesson will have to be introduced ten different ways, ten different times, and that is okay.  Jeannie Benvissuto: I feel as though teaching is my calling—to help lay the foundation in a positive way for the future education of children. It amazes me when what I have been teaching finally clicks and students "get it!"
  Cohort 2
Sandy Dasilva: I am determined, structured yet flexible, and caring, and I persevere for the betterment of students. With the guidance of the JET program I know I can become an influential teacher who goes beyond my classroom. Helen Gabriel: I am in my fifteenth years as a paraprofessional. Now I look forward to the opportunity to focus on my education, and to use my many years of experience to become a teacher.
  Cohort 2
Bernadette Kelleher: I am currently working with children of severe to moderate special needs. I have expressed my desire be a teacher many times, and I feel very fortunate to be given this opportunity.  Alison Mesquitta: Students can fall victim to unfortunate circumstances and negative influences, with little exposure to the security of a positive relationship, the kindness of a helping hand, and the thrill of achievement. My goal is to change that.
Cohort 2  
Penny Sullivan: I consider myself so fortunate to be able to go to work every day with children, and I enjoy it immensely. It is very rewarding to see them and have those "ah-ha!" moments when the learning clicks. Maria Teixeira: I feel I receive much more than I give when it comes to working with my students. I feel an abundance of pride when a child has mastered a goal they have been working towards achieving.
Cohort 2 Cohort 3