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.
I graduated from Williams College in 2013 and have spent the
last four years teaching history and coaching football and
basketball at Blair Academy, a boarding school in New
Jersey. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Blair and
decided I wanted to make education my career.
In pursuit of that goal, I enrolled in the Tufts MAT program
and am currently a Tufts graduate student as well as a
student-teacher at Malden High School. I appreciate the
balance that the Tufts MAT program strikes between education
theory and practical experience. By working at Malden High
School, I get the opportunity to apply ideas, methods, and
strategies that we discuss during graduate classes to a high
school setting. I have also been afforded the opportunity to
continue coaching as an assistant with the Malden High
basketball team. Yet, perhaps the most valuable aspect of
the program, has been the community of students, teachers,
and professors, at both Tufts and Malden, which have
provided a rich and supportive learning environment that has
allowed me to continue to grow as an educator. Overall, I
could not be happier with my experience in the Tufts MAT
program. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any
questions about the program or education.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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 (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.
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