St. Bonaventure University prepared me to dive right into the classroom, plan curriculum and develop a new kindergarten classroom. I have been immersed in the art and science of teaching through 1,000+ hours of classroom experience. I have become a socially just teacher through the example of the Franciscan tradition. I am competent in educational pedagogy and research, which gives me the skills and knowledge to teach any curriculum and any child.
Telling interviewers that I am a St. Bonaventure alumna has been my strongest asset. The education program provided me with hours of classroom experience that increased my passion and confidence as an educator.
I really feel that Bonaventure did a great job preparing me for my teaching career. Being in the classroom working directly with students since the beginning of freshman year gave me the hands-on experience and confidence I needed to have my own classroom.
St. Bonaventure prepared me to work with students in a variety of different settings. Now as a teacher in an urban school district, I will be able to use the tools I learned at St. Bonaventure to differentiate my instruction to fit the needs of all students. I truly feel prepared for the first day of school!
I have been able to get job offers all around the world and have been able to hit the ground running because of the education I received at St. Bonaventure University. I am still a beginning teacher, but I have already had the opportunity to mentor other teachers due to the experience I got through St. Bonaventure's education program.
I am so grateful that I chose to go to St. Bonaventure for my B.S.E in Elementary/Special Education and my Master's in Differentiated Instruction. St. Bonaventure allows for placements from freshman year all the way to senior year allowing you to work alongside veteran teachers and with students from various grades. By taking classes where they discuss differentiating as well as being culturally responsive, it has allowed me to get to know all my students and use their interest and cultures in everyday lessons and teaching. St. Bonaventure prepared me amazingly for my career in teaching.