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Jeannine Hatch '06 - Master of Education
Jeannine Hatch '06 worked as an accountant for 17 years before applying to the Master of Education program at Curry College. Inspired by volunteer work at her twin boys' elementary school and the hope that she may one day have the same schedule to spend more time with family, she contemplated a career change.
"I thought about it for a long time," says Hatch. "I didn't think it was possible as an accountant to be able go back to school at my age and start all over again."
Jeannine worked part-time as an accountant at a real estate firm while taking classes at Curry's Plymouth campus. "It fit perfectly for somebody who was trying to juggle many things," she says, citing Curry's supportive faculty for helping her meet the challenges of the M.Ed. program.
"The faculty at Curry College made everything possible - whether you were a career changer or already in the field, they helped us understand all the concepts. They were completely supportive every step along the way and I know I couldn't have made it without them."
After graduating with her M.Ed. from Curry College, Jeannine was hired to teach fifth grade at Manomet Elementary School in Plymouth, occasionally mentoring other Curry College student teachers at the very school where she had served as a student teacher.
"That's where it all became real, and where I ended up being able to apply everything I learned in the classroom at Curry College in the actual classroom of an elementary education setting. I was so excited when I was asked if I wanted to come back...I ended up coming back to the same classroom where I did my student teaching. It was rewarding to pass on what I've learned to another teacher."
Becoming an elementary school teacher was a career change that Jeannine hadn't thought was possible. She says the Curry College M.Ed. program not only helped her achieve her dream but prepared her for a challenging and rewarding career.
"I feel now that I have the best job in the world. I think that interacting with children all day and learning new programs, working with new students and with staff and family dynamics make it the best job. I felt like I hit the ground running and it was almost a natural transition - from the time I was working as an accountant, to the time I was in the classroom getting my master's degree, to the time that I actually became a teacher at Manomet Elementary. I was able to come into the classroom and be an effective teacher right away."
After six years at Manomet Elementary, Jeannine was recently hired as a fourth grade teacher at the West Elementary School in Plymouth in 2012 - the same school where she did her volunteer work.
"It's less than two miles from my house and it's what got me started in teaching. My sons went there, so I spent as many hours volunteering at the school as I could. The teachers actually told me I should get a job there because I was always around. I love the school and I feel that by working there I am getting the opportunity to hopefully make a difference in my small part of Plymouth."
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