During my undergraduate career at the University of Chicago, I engaged with the education field in as many ways as I could think of – I created an after school chemistry club at a local high school to increase experiential learning, I directed a tutoring organization serving hundreds of Chicago’s South Side families, I took classes on best teaching practices, I worked as a substitute teacher, I supported research work at UChicago’s Consortium, the list goes on. Throughout all of these experiences though, nothing ever really compared to the fulfillment that came from working directly with students on their development and growth. I really cherish the opportunity to join the GCE team as its newest STEAM Instructor, and I’m hopeful my diverse background will help me build deeper connections with my students.
What was your favorite college class?
Urban Education. It was taught by a researcher at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. I really liked the topics we talked about in class like culturally responsive pedagogy and problem-based learning. It was actually a project for the class that led me to look up GCE. Plus, the professor was so great about getting feedback from us. He was just always so open to go anywhere with the curriculum, and I think we felt really safe and able to just like explore topics with him.
GCE offers an educational environment unlike any other school - one where students have a space to explore their identities freely. By rooting itself in experiential learning and interdisciplinary coursework, I believe GCE provides its students with an incredible opportunity to become whoever they want to become.