Lauren Chuha '14 - Elementary Education

 

Lauren Chuha '14 has always wanted to be a teacher. Now that the senior Education major is in her final semester at Curry College, she can sense that lifelong dream is about to become a reality.

"I am working on my MTELs (Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure) to become licensed in elementary education," Lauren reports.

"I love Curry. I applied to five other schools. Coming here was definitely the best decision. At other colleges, you have one or two semesters of student teaching, and Curry gives you four to make sure that you really want to and are ready to teach."

For Lauren, that ability to enter real classrooms early and often was a huge factor in choosing Curry.

"Coming out with a great education from Curry and once passing all my MTELs, I don't think I'll have a problem getting a job."

Lauren has that optimism because of her experience at Curry: the small class sizes, close relationships with professors, and the Education program's emphasis on field work in local schools.

But Lauren also finds inspiration in the College's investment in her.

This year, she was awarded the Carol Freedman '66 scholarship, which is designated each year for an Education major who shows good character and academic ability, who is also an active member of the Curry College community.

"It was a great surprise and it was very rewarding," she says, describing her reaction after learning about the scholarship. "It's nice that my professors thought as highly of me as I do of them."

Lauren has been recognized for her hard work not only inside but also outside of the classroom. Throughout her four years at Curry, she has been a member of the Women's Tennis team, and this year was elected a captain. It's an experience she would recommend to any student debating whether or not they want to play a sport at the collegiate level.

"I've been playing tennis since I was very young, and I didn't know if I wanted to do it in college, and continue the practice and the intensity of a team sport. But I don't regret it at all. I've been on the team for four years, and the friends you make are great, you bond instantly with your teammates; and it's always nice knowing you have a full group of friends."

Lauren believes being part of a team helps her manage her time with her school work. It also helped her hone her best skill-teaching.

"I feel like I'm a patient person and sometimes being a teacher you have to be extremely patient. It's nice to be on the court and exercise those skills. With the incoming first-year players and the underclassmen, I'm actually practicing my skills by mentoring them, reaching out to them and making them feel comfortable enough to come up and talk to me if they have any issues.  In the classroom, I want to be the teacher where students feel welcome to come up to me and ask questions."

 
 
 
 

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