Teaching MA

Waresa Hu

Waresa HuProgram: MA Teaching Reading with Multiple Subjects Credential - San Francisco Campus
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Email: whu14@dons.usfca.edu
Connect with Waresa on LinkedIn

Why USF?

I was most drawn to the mission and vision of USF, which are rooted in humanizing values and the emphasis of Cura Personalis, or "care for the whole person." All of my interactions with USF, from speaking with the admissions staff to attending Open House, embodied those values and left a heartwarming impression that only strengthened my admiration of the school and program. I was grateful to have the opportunity to shadow a class and get a taste of the material I would learn. My classes and experiences have only continued to increase my appreciation for USF and the School of Education. 

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

I never could have envisioned starting graduate school on Zoom during a global pandemic, yet I am beyond thankful for the challenges that taught me how to be adaptable and flexible. The vulnerability, courage, and care that my professors and classmates demonstrated through a year of uncertainty reinforced our relationships. The time we spent together in engaging and intentional dialogue has supported my growth and aspirations as a future educator.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is to give yourself grace and trust that you are on the right path. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by prerequisites and deadlines, so take a deep breath and embrace the process. Reach out to USF students and staff with any questions; we are more than happy to offer guidance and clarity. 

Favorite Bay Area restaurant?

Souvla

Christina Mincin

Program: MA Teaching Reading with Multiple Subjects Credential - San Francisco Campus
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Email: cmmincin@dons.usfca.edu
Connect with Christina on LinkedIn

Why USF?

I believe that the classroom is far more than a space that teaches students mathematics and how to read: it is a space in which individuals learn and grow in their understanding of who they are, the world around them, and how their positionally impacts their day to day lives. Knowing this about myself, USF seemed like a natural fit for me, especially knowing that USF is driven by social justice. USF prepares future teachers, like me, to: find ways to make learning more culturally inclusive for all, humanize the classroom experience, and celebrate and welcome all identities.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

Working with astounding faculty such as, Professor Helen Maniates and Professor Sarah Capitelli, has been the highlight of my program thus far. It is one thing to have a teacher who presents the content in a way that makes learning fun and attainable; yet, it is an honor to have someone who builds yourself efficacy, genuinely excites about becoming a teacher, who believes in and supports you, as well serves as a model for what exceptional teaching looks like. The faculty at USF is truly helping me grow into the best teacher and person that I can be.  

What advice do you have for prospective students?

For prospective students, if you chose to embark on your teaching journey at USF, know that you will be surrounded by faculty, staff, and peers who will support you every step of the way.

Favorite Bay Area Restaurant?

Blue Barn

Rachel Real - Alumni Ambassador

Rachel RealProgram: MA Teaching Reading with Multiple Subjects Credential - San Francisco Campus
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Email: rreal@dons.usfca.edu

Why USF?

I was initially drawn to USF's University Vision of providing student's an education with a, "global perspective that educates leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world." I attended USF's Open House as a prospective student in Fall 2017. Aside from falling in love with the beautiful campus and vivacious city of San Francisco, all the USF professors I meet were so kind and truly passionate about their work, as well as their commitment to teach for diversity and social justice. Throughout my application process, the School of Education staff were proactive about addressing all the questions I had. One of the SOE professors went as far as to invite me to sit in during one of her classes, so I could have a true experience of what my future courses would be like. All in all, attending USF continues to provide me an enlightening educational experience.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

This program has provided me many opportunities to grow both on a professional and personal level. I am currently working alongside Dr. Helen Maniates as a Graduate Student Assistant to collect, analyze and interpret data from the MATR summer reading program. Helen and I also work together to plan for next summer's reading program. Additionally, I took the opportunity to participate in USF's SOE study abroad, educational immersion experience "Project Learn Belize" - I will be traveling and spending two weeks working with and learning from educators and children of Belize. Last, but certainly not least, I am incredibly appreciative of the relationships I have built with professors and with my classmates. The support I receive in this program makes all the difference during stressful times in the semester.  

What advice do you have for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students is to do your research and ask questions. Reach out to USF students, staff or professors- they all are glad to assist and guide you through the prospective student and application process. Be prepared to be challenged and supported throughout your student experience here at USF. As final words of advice, take a chance, step out of your comfort zone and be open for all the new opportunities ahead!

Favorite Bay Area restaurant?

Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar

Jason Fareira

Jason FareiraProgram: MA Teaching with Single Subject Social Science Credential, Sacramento Campus
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Email: jcfareira@dons.usfca.edu

Why USF?

I choose USF because I enjoy the small class size and the ability to talk one on one with my professors. I received my undergraduate degree from USF main campus so getting my MA and Teaching Credential in the Sacramento campus was an easy decision. I love USF's focus on social justice.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

By far the relationships I have forged with my professors. I have learned so much from them, they have challenged me to reach far beyond what I thought I could achieve.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Go for it. Believe in yourself and USF will help you reach higher than you can imagine. I have traveled all around the world and coming to USF is like coming home.

Favorite Bay Area restaurant?

Los Ponchos is a little hole in the wall place right off of Mission Ave, and for real Mexican food there is no place better.

Lashante Foster

Lashante FosterProgram: Teaching MA with Multiple Subjects Credential
Hometown: Monterey/Fresno, CA 
Email: Lfoster2@dons.usfca.edu 
Campus: San Jose

Why USF?

USF is an AMAZING school. The staff is very passionate, supportive and encourage you to find your voice and to use it as well! It is a diverse school with many wonderful programs. The class sizes are small, which is great for one on one with the professors. Great atmosphere, wonderful people and amazing educators. The best college I've ever attended and the perfect college for any student pursuing higher education.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

The program itself: the connections I've made since starting this program; the educators who truly care, are passionate about teaching, and helping their students succeed; thr students in the program who are all on the same journey and path of becoming a teacher; the guest speakers- who share their struggles, how they made a difference and offer advice on how we can create change; the courses and material being taught; learning about different teaching styles and methods to support all types of learning. I truly enjoy being a part of the Masters of teaching with credential program. There are so many highlights from my program, however, if I were to choose one particular highlight I would say the growth-oriented discussions alongside with intentional engagements with my fellow peers and professors.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Get to know everyone! Get involved! Study and get familiar with the material. Build a relationship with your professors, fellow classmates and connect. if you are unsure about something, or have any questions: always ask for help. If you have any problems, or need advice- reach out to people. Remember that you're not alone and you always have support.

Favorite restaurant?

California Pizza Kitchen

Roderick Calvin

Roderick Calvin

Program: Teaching MA with Multiple Subjects Credential
Hometown: Sacramento
Email: rdcalvin@dons.usfca.edu 
Campus: Sacramento

Why USF?

My mother and an older sister went here, and the timing was perfect for me and my younger sister to go together. Also, I liked a lot about what USF stands for in terms of social justice and overall acceptance of all people, and adaptability to a working schedule.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

Learning all this new information in a way that directly correlates to practice in the classroom, as well as meeting and learning with these other future educators with different backgrounds

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Absorb all the knowledge you can and the experience. From the classroom to the friendly connections and conversations you have with staff and classmates.

Favorite restaurant?

Ninja Sushi in Roseville, CA. Delicious, fresh, and imaginative sushi. Has a friendly atmosphere, live music and the owner sometimes joins in as well which gets interesting.

Gema Arriaga

Gema ArriageProgram: MA Teaching
Hometown: Santa Barbara
Email: garriaga3@dons.usfca.edu 
Campus: San Jose

Why USF?

I am able to work full time and attend school full time as well.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

The USF community.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it.

Favorite Bay Area restaurant?

Mezcal

Matthew Bordallo

Program: Teaching Reading MA with Credential
Campus: San Francisco
Email: mtbordallo@dons.usfca.edu
Hometown: Barrigada, Guam
Connect with Matthew on LinkedIn

Why USF?

I actually chose USF twice! Once for Undergrad and now for Grad School. I was always attracted to USF's mission of creating a more equitable and just world. This mission is tremendously apparent in the School of Education.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

Our intentional and strategic planning around anti-racist practices in literacy education.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Reach out to anyone in your program and ask as many questions as possible!

Favorite Bay Area restaurant?

San Tung in the Inner Sunset, San Francisco