My name is Sophie, and I am a 2011 Corps Member in New York City. I graduated in May from Brandeis University with a B.A. in History. I’ve always been interested in education, and have done everything from volunteering with children in a battered women’s shelter, tutoring in public and private schools, teaching in pre-k and special education early elementary settings, and interning with DonorsChoose.org.
As a senior in college, I took my first class in the Education Department, and it confirmed for me that an education related field might be something I should take a serious look at. I spent a semester researching the importance of, and lack of, early childhood education in the United States, which culminated in a written proposal for the development of a universal pre-k program that can be applied to a district, state, or the whole country.
My placement is teaching as a part of New York’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program, in a for-profit network of schools out of Pittsburgh, PA. Through TFA, I am also pursuing a M.S.T. in Early Childhood Education at Fordham University.
My goal is, to the best of my ability, to create opportunities for my students that they might not otherwise have, and to open their eyes to everything that can come from loving to learn. At the end of my two years, I hope to be able to continue teaching, with increased administrative responsibilities in order to pave the way to a career in policy and advocacy. I hope one day to be able to implement my universal pre-k program proposal in a meaningful way that effects more than just one class, one school, or one community. I also hope to one day (perhaps sooner than later) bring my experience, passion, and expertise to communities in South Africa, where my family is from.