Kathleen Newman '15

We all had very different opinions on the rhymes and reasons for education, but we clearly agreed on the importance of education for one’s success in life.

After finishing TPP and getting my teaching certificate, I moved down to DC. I spent the winter there nannying, tutoring in History and English with Varsity Tutors, and volunteering with Reading Partners, while applying for teaching jobs. I accepted a position as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College (all boys boarding school in Windsor, England) in the spring of 2016. At Eton, I am teaching English, Drama, and American Culture to boys aged 13-18. I also serve as a soccer and basketball coach, theater director, tutorial advisor, and dormitory house assistant. 

As a new teacher, I often think back to a memorable discussion in the TPP classroom on the ‘point of education.’ We all had very different opinions on the rhymes and reasons for education, but we clearly agreed on the importance of education for one’s success in life. One year into my teaching career, I still find the responsibility of educating quite daunting, but I am really enjoying the job. I am especially excited and motivated by my students’ successes and passions. When they produce something great or get fired up about a project or activity, I feel reaffirmed in my role. Though I haven’t been teaching long, I have already learned a lot about the importance of understanding my students, setting clear expectations for their performance, and planning, planning, and planning again!