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Carolyn Stoughton

Liberal Arts Major(s): Spanish
Other Major: Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Jamison, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Spring 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I was a kindergarten student teacher in a pre-k-2 elementary school. I was responsible for differentiating and providing equitable access to 27 kindergartners on a daily basis. I taught science, math, writing, and reading, as well as social and emotional skills. Throughout this experience, I constantly collaborated with my mentor teacher, student teaching supervisor, fellow student teacher, and other teachers in the school building. I loved student teaching in this setting because of the linguistic and cultural diversity that was present.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience helped me fulfill my student teaching requirement for my Elementary and Early Childhood Education major. It also helped me learn the daily responsibilities of a teacher and how to effectively engage learners of different abilities and backgrounds.

Having this experience working with linguistically diverse students has helped me further develop my passion and professional skills for teaching diverse learners.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience gave me the opportunity to interact and teach students of diverse backgrounds. Twenty six of the twenty seven students in my classroom spoke Spanish, so I was able to practice language learning strategies in the classroom to help students access the content I was teaching. In the future, I would love to be a bilingual and/or ESL teacher, so having this experience working with linguistically diverse students has helped me further develop my passion and professional skills for teaching diverse learners. My students taught me more than they will ever know.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of the Liberal Arts provided me enrichment funding to financially support this student teaching internship.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program encourages students to build on their cultural competence, which is something that I continued to develop during the student teaching internship.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website. 
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