Austin Lukondi '17
Austin Lukondi completed a double major in Education and Sociology in 2017. Despite also minoring in Race, Ethnicity and Migration studies, Austin was involved in many organizations including Queer Community Coalition, EQUAL and Femco.
Like many CC Education majors, Austin is working within the education field, but not as a classroom teacher:
"I started working as a Research Assistant in the department of Research and Assessment Design at Jeffco Public Schools in July after graduation. In my role as a Research Assistant, I work on district-wide research and assessment needs and have the pleasure of working with the Title I department where I get to serve and do research for mostly Title I schools."
Full Profile Research Assistant, Jeffco Public Schools
Mike Pritts MAT '17
Mike Pritts completed his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2017 and is currently a social studies teacher and football coach at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. He is pursuing his Masters degree in history, as well as broadening his content knowledge through summer internships at museums.
Mike’s advice for those balancing teaching with other responsibilities: “Develop and adhere to a routine that carves out time to take care of yourself. You have to make time for physical activity, family, personal reading and sleep. Otherwise, you may burn out quickly and your students will suffer”.
Full Profile Social Studies Teacher, Fountain-Fort Carson HS
Colorado Springs, CO
Melissa Seehausen '16
Melissa Seehausen graduated from CC in 2016 with a major in Education and a minor in Studio Art. While at CC, she was involved with the Outdoor Recreation Club and the Student Organization for Sexual Safety.
Melissa consistently relies on her coursework from Educational Psychology to improve her pedagogy:
"When students look bored, I try to figure out how to tap into their intrinsic motivations in my next lesson plan. When a lesson doesn’t land and students are clearly confused, I know I need to do a better job accessing their prior knowledge and creating scaffolding that will help them understand the new knowledge. Those feel like basic pieces I learned in Educational Psychology and they’re the bedrock of my skill set."
Public Allies Fellow in Visual Art, Eagle Rock School Estes Park, CO
Myles Johnson MAT '10
Myles Johnson graduated from the MAT program in 2010 and currently serves as Superintendent in Idalia School District RJ-3. Myles is grateful for his challenging coursework in the MAT program, and discusses what has helped him remain in the profession:
“Taking the time to build meaningful relationships with each and every student is the difference between being a mediocre teacher and a successful teacher. Teachers who make the effort to build relationships with their students are the ones who not only enjoy their jobs the most, but are also the most effective”.
Superintendent, Idalia School District RJ-3
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