Teaching MA

Jonathan Chin

Jonathan ChinName: Jonathan Chin
Program:
 Single Subject, Science Credential
Hometown: San Francisco/Beijing
Email: jcchin@dons.usfca.edu
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WHY USF?

I chose USF predominantly because I wanted to be closer to family in San Francisco. In addition, I desired to serve in a location and a school that has a wealth of experience teaching amongst diverse populations. Many teachers in the San Francisco area either are USF graduates or are strong advocates for the School of Education in San Francisco. This gave me immense confidence that this program would properly equip me to be the teacher I desire to be.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR PROGRAM THUS FAR?

I have loved the blend of learning about educational research and the practical experiences I have gotten so far. One of my highlights was getting to design curriculum alongside classmates in my science at the end of the course and giving/receiving constructive feedback. I definitely feel like I’ve learned so much in my time here.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS?

Ask a lot of questions when you're around educators of any kind regardless of where you end up, reconnect with your past educators who have helped you along the way, and reflect on what makes you want to be a teacher. The instructors here at USF encourage you to do all three and cultivate an environment for you to grow. The beautiful thing about the teaching profession is that there is so much collaboration unlike other positions. If you’re a hard-worker, a critical thinker, and a reflective person, you will thrive in this program. 

FAVORITE BAY AREA RESTAURANT

That's a difficult choice, but as of right now I'll go with New England Lobster Market and Eatery located in Burlingame.

Rachel Real

Rachel RealProgram: MA Teaching Reading with Multiple Subjects Credential
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.

Andrew Duong

Andrew DuongProgram: Teaching MA with Multiple Subjects Credential
Hometown: San Jose, California 
Email: aduong9@dons.usfca.edu 
Campus: San Jose

WHY USF?

It offered the best program and philosophy that fit what I was looking for in a school. The program advisor, Ruchi, was so welcoming and made the transition so smooth.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR PROGRAM THUS FAR?

Meeting new people and forming bonds with them and my community.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS?

Don't worry too much about the future and focus on the now. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help or talk to someone about anything that is difficult in your life.

Carrissah Calvin

Carrissah CalvinProgram: Teaching MA with Multiple Subjects Credential
Hometown: Sacramento 
Email: crcalvin@dons.usfca.edu 
Campus: Sacramento
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WHY USF?

The University of San Francisco and I share a common value that supports and focuses on social justice. I watched my mom attend USF Sacramento's campus when I was in high school and the support she received from her professors and cohort made me fall in love with this school. Every time I visited I had such a great experience.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR PROGRAM THUS FAR?

My favorite class has been social justice and diversity. The cohort I am a part of has such a supportive and family feel to it. My brother is also in the same cohort and it has been great to be in this program with him.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS?

Advice that I would give to a prospective student is that you should build relationships with your professors and cohort. They will support you during and after the program. I have seen my mom and sister use their connections that they made at USF to get jobs and build friendships that they still have to this day. I also think that you should focus on your growth. You are coming to learn and with that comes challenge. Embrace these challenges and pursue your purpose.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:

My favorite restaurant is House of Chicken and Ribs in Sacramento.

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?

I 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 RESTAURANT:

Mezcal.

Justin Brown

Justin BrownProgram: Teaching MA with Multiple Subjects Credential
Hometown: Guerneville, CA
Email: jlbrown7@dons.usfca.edu 
Campus: Santa Rosa

WHY USF?

I found the additional campus option to be much more accessible for working students. I also believe in the social justice aspect of the school as I transition into our diverse community of learners.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR PROGRAM THUS FAR?

The highlight thus far has been all of the learning I've been exposed to. I have found that I am much more imaginative than I ever thought possible.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS?

Find strength in your cohort and lean on one another for support. Take risks and be willing to speak up as an advocate for your learning.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:

F.O.B. Kitchen