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
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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
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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

Matthew Bordallo

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

Robin Nguyen

Program: Teaching MA with Credential
Hometown: South Bay
Email: hnguyen43@dons.usfca.edu
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Why USF?

As cliché as it sounds, a lot of my friends and peers went to USF to get their masters and credentials so I decided to check it out and instantly fell in love with the program. The program makes sure to support the teaching candidates with all the skills and knowledge to become teachers able to incorporate social justice with the students by integrating common core standards.

What has been the highlight of your program thus far?

My highlight of the program so far is the student teaching over the summer!

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Be prepared for a lot of hard work, readings, papers, and tough conversations. We all have different stances when it comes to social justice, so don't be afraid to stand your ground but also don't be afraid to walk away from the conversation if the other person isn't willing to see your perspective.

Favorite Bay Area Restaurant?

AJ's Kitchen - family owned sushi place in San Jose