I am working in an Education Technology Startup in Portland, Oregon in "Corporate and Product Strategy." But as in any start-up, my role has been flexible to my particular interests. 20% of the time I am attempting to spearhead a research program through grant money so that we can initiate research on how to effectively store, manage, and interpret data about a school, district, and student in a fashion that will be the most meaningful for teachers and administrators. 80% I am on the Product Team, incorporating user feedback (teachers, admins, etc.) on our Student Information System and Learning Management System platform and making decisions on product design and feature enhancements. I am currently applying to a part-time Master's program in Educational Leadership at University of Oregon.
TPP has given me the tremendous opportunity to combine academic research with my teaching. This practice has been so useful in my career as I am constantly incorporating the academic research I've learned through TPP in my every-day decisions working in an ed-tech company.
I think the student-teaching, in general was the most valuable experience I've ever had. For one, I realized how much I needed to grow and learn as an educator. It formed my philosophy of education: to be embedded in a process of learning and to join my students in becoming self-regulated learners so that they will continue to learn throughout their life beyond my classroom, and so that I will continue to learn to be the best educator I can possibly be. As partners in this journey, I believe in a symbiotic relationship: students and teachers work together to constantly improve by providing feedback. In one avenue, I believe in giving immediate and full feedback. At the same time, it is a two-way street: in the very folders where I provided feedback for their written work and participation in class, I accepted feedback: “Ms. Wang, your lesson was hard to understand, Ms. Wang you need to explain, etc.” Without my students, I could never have been the teacher I am today. But just like my students, I still have a lot to learn.