Title of Program: Urban Education with a Focus in Social Justice and Spanish
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hometown: Harriman, TN
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019
Description of Program: My program aims to prepare me to teach children in urban environments while understanding the social inequalities that my future students and their families may face. In addition to this, my program will incorporate Spanish as I believe that being bilingual is an extremely valuable skill for every teacher to have. My goal of this program is to be able to utilize these skills to have a holistic view of each and every student, as I believe that it is impossible to be a good teacher without understanding a student’s background and how all of the different systems within an individual’s life interact.
Departmental Emphases: Spanish, Sociology, Psychology, Africana Studies
Faculty Mentors: Carmen Sparrow, Department of Modern Foreign Languages, Ashlee Anderson, Theory and Practice of Teacher Education.
Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): After graduating from the University of Tennessee, I plan on receiving my Master’s Degree in Urban Education. While there are several programs across the state, I am most interested in pursing a Master’s in Urban Education at Union University. Union University has partnered with Memphis Teacher Residency, and requires students to serve in a high poverty school in Memphis for at least three years immediately following completion of this program. After completing this program, I desire to work as an elementary school teacher, ideally for kindergarten or first grade.
Other Academic Interests: Child and Family Studies, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Study Abroad: Although I have not yet studied abroad, I plan on participating in UTK in Costa Rica during Summer 2017 or Summer 2018. This is a service learning program in Costa Rica led by UTK faculty members. This experience would provide me with a tremendous amount of service opportunities; however, I am most interested in volunteering at a local public school in Costa Rica.
Research Experiences or Internships:
Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: I am currently employed by Kid’s Place at Sequoyah Elementary, and I serve as a counselor in the after-school program. I am currently involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Boys and Girls Club, Leaders for Readers, Vols for Christ, and Best Buddies. This past summer, I had the opportunity to serve as an Orientation Leader.