Anna Wadlington expects her Johnson State College Master of Arts in Education degree to help her grow as a teacher and grow her career.
That’s with the help of two faculty members in particular, Kathleen Brinegar and David McGough, both invaluable resources for Wadlington ’17.
“The knowledge, ideas and guidance Kathleen and David have and share with their students is unbelievable,” Wadlington says.
Brinegar, program chair and assistant professor, is Wadlington’s adviser.
“She does everything she can to help, guide and support me. Kathleen’s enthusiasm for teaching and learning is so wonderful, and it pushes the education program at JSC to an extra level that I rarely experienced as an undergrad” at another college, Wadlington says.
In the master’s program Wadlington chose a concentration in curriculum and instruction, one of four focus options.
The diverse hands-on opportunities in the field have enriched her education through practicums at People’s Academy — a high school in Morrisville, Vermont — and Lamoille Union High in Hyde Park, student teaching and working as a substitute teacher. Last year, her first year in the program, Wadlington was an assistant at Hiawatha Elementary School in Essex Junction.
“Seeing what being in a school is really like and what teachers do in the classroom and behind the scenes, and gaining experiences before the last semester of a program is so helpful to not only decide if you’re in the right field, but to also gain confidence and experience, and build relationships,” Wadlington says.
She will pursue licensure to teach middle and high school grades.
“I am so impressed with the program,” Wadlington says.
“The knowledge and relationships I’ve gained from classes, professors, peers, friends and others I’ve met through the program will help me to continually grow as a teacher.”