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Middle and High School Education

Meet Students and Alumni

If you are thinking about applying to our program and would like to talk with one of our current students or alumni, feel free to email those who have included their contact information below.

Current Students
Willow Gertz Willow Gertz
MAT

I graduated in 2015 from the University of New England with a Bachelor's of Science in Marine Sciences/Marine Biology and a minor in Psychology. While studying at UNE, I had the opportunity to spend 10 days living on a research boat in the Galápagos Islands. Being able to retrace the footsteps of Charles Darwin and visit a place so significant to the field of biology was incredible and made me realize I wanted to share that wonder with others. I am excited to discuss that experience with my future biology students and to help them find their own ways to explore and discover their independent enthusiasm and interest in science.

After graduating from UNE, I worked in science education at a variety of locations including the Museum of Science, Massachusetts Audubon Society's Drumlin Farm, and the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University. Additionally, I spent two years working as a substitute teacher, gaining classroom experience. I am currently a UTTC intern at Medford High School for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
Alumni
Jerib Carson Jerib A. Carson (contact me)
MAT, Secondary Science, 2010

Currently, I am a teacher in the New York City Department of Education where I teach science and technology at Madiba Prep middle school, a STEM-E school located in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. For the past four years I have taught 7th and 8th grade science as well as robotics using the NXT and EV3 LEGO Robotics platforms.

The curriculum I have developed is designed to expose students to math, science, technology, and engineering concepts using authentic, activities-based learning experiences. My ultimate goal is to inspire inner-city students to pursue challenging academic work, achieve high standards, and acquire the passions for STEM disciplines that ultimately lead to careers. Based on the data I have collected thus far, these experiences have led to increases in problem solving, comprehending STEM related skills and concepts, and the application of theory to practice.
Daphne Francois Daphne François (contact me)
MAT, Latin and Classical Humanities, 2015

Currently, I am teaching middle school Latin at Boston Latin Academy. This is my second year teaching five sections of 8th grade full time at BLA. Before I was a teacher at BLA, I taught secondary level Latin for one year at a charter school in Boston and another year at an independent school in New York.

When I was first hired at Boston Latin Academy, I simultaneously enrolled in the Tufts MAT program. During my year of teaching at BLA and enrollment in the educator's program at Tufts, I realized how fortunate I was to experience an educator's program that encouraged honesty with regards to teaching practice, celebrated the wonder and excitement of education and cared to nurture conscientious educators for students of the 21st century. The Tufts MAT program provided the ideal support and mentoring that I wish every aspiring educator should and could have.
Micaela Harris Micaela Harris
MAT, Math Education, 2013

I received my Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Spelman College and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate from Smith College in Mathematics. While I pursued my MAT at Tufts, I interned at Boston Arts Academy, and I am currently in my third year of teaching math at Codman Academy Charter School in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.

My mom always told me, "If you follow your passion [for teaching math], work will never feel like work." She was right.
Kendal Schwarz Kendal Schwarz (contact me)
MAT, Middle School Math Education, 2013

After graduating from Tufts in 2013 I started my first job teaching at Cambridge Street Upper School, a public middle school in Cambridge, MA. I have been teaching 8th grade mathematics there for the past three years.

I am still in contact with my mentors and peers from the Tufts education program. The support I received through Tufts made an immense impact on my ability to go confidently into a teaching profession. It was great to be a part of such a proactive and supportive community. Everything we learned and talked about in class was directly related to what we were working on or doing in our student teaching internships.
Jeremy Shaw Jeremy "Jerry" Shaw (contact me)
MAT, Engineering Education, 2013

I currently am the lead engineering teacher & engineering curriculum developer at South Shore Vocational Technical High School in Hanover, MA.

As an experienced engineer coming into the Tufts program I had plenty of content knowledge, but little idea of how to convey this to a high school audience. This program really focused on the particulars that had me reexamine what the field of engineering was, how to engage students of all backgrounds/abilities and completely prepared me for the many challenges in the classroom. While my program focused on engineering education I truly appreciated how most classes mixed all teachers which allowed for hearing cross-curricular strategies and experiences from English, Science, History & Math teachers, among others. I also really appreciated how the entire department was always available to help work through the challenges, questions and moral support needed throughout the program.
Nathaniel Granitto Smith Nathaniel Granitto Smith (contact me)
MAT in Secondary English Education, 2014

I have been working since 2014 in the Salem High School English Department, teaching primarily Freshmen English with the occasional Creative Writing and Poetry Class.

Taking part in the Tufts MAT program, as a member of the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative, was the best preparation for teaching in a diverse urban school I could have asked for. It gave me time and experience in a school with plenty of opportunity for practice and reflection. My professors and classmates demanded a level of critical thinking, and commitment to equity and equality, that will continue to drive my practice for years to come. Visit my website >