I student-taught eleventh grade English at Princeton High School, in fall 2019, after majoring in English Literature at Princeton and working for three years at Princeton's Writing Center. Before student teaching, I was lucky enough to observe in classrooms across New Jersey, including at The Newgrange School and Trenton High School, as part of Teacher Preparation courses. This exposed me to different classroom settings, especially special education, and allowed me to meet lots of students. Getting to know students was by far the most memorable part of student teaching. As a high-schooler, I was introverted and somewhat oblivious to my classmates, but as a teacher of high-schoolers, I found different personalities fascinating. I enjoyed working with everyone: the raucous, the diligent, the lackadaisical, and more. I didn't mind if they disliked English; if anything, I liked the challenge of engaging them in our readings and writing assignments. I also became absorbed with the task of addressing students' considerable stress and anxiety, which I now regard as an essential part of modern teaching. The Teacher Preparation Program devotes a lot of time to issues of student and teacher wellness, both in the classroom and in individual meetings, something I greatly appreciated. In 2020, I look forward to getting to know the students at the University of Limpopo as a Fulbright grantee to South Africa. I'll be teaching academic writing, an area of particular interest to me, to second-year students. I could not feel more prepared by Teacher Prep's program and staff!
Lucina Schwartz 2019
The Teacher Preparation Program devotes a lot of time to issues of student and teacher wellness, both in the classroom and in individual meetings, something I greatly appreciated.