Future teachers gain experience in their first year

June 21, 2022

A student-teacher works with a student.

With an emphasis on student learning, the 200 members of the Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization strive to develop relationships and engage in community events to facilitate a supportive and enriching environment for students to gain experience before entering their fieldwork study.

“Joining QFTO as a first-year student has brought me so many positive experiences and made me eager to start my journey of becoming a teacher,” said Christina Ledesma ’23, MAT ’24, the public relations officer for QFTO. “When I was new to the MAT program, I found it very helpful that QFTO designated several meetings to dive into the program and answer any questions about requirements, classes, or expectations. At each meeting, I feel such a sense of community where each member roots for one another to succeed.”

As early as their first year, QFTO members become involved in local school programs, such as tutoring, holiday giving events, STEM nights, Pencil Pals and other community activities.

“QFTO has provided me opportunities to interact with children outside of the classroom,” said Holly Montick ’23, MAT ’24, co-vice president of QFTO. “This past year I was able to help third-grade girl scouts earn their robotics badge. As a future teacher, I am so glad to have had the opportunity to experience after-school student activities.”

Many members act as ambassadors for the School of Education, assisting at Quinnipiac open houses, information sessions and other related events. They get involved in school and community events like Qthon, The Big Event, Bobcat Day and Admitted Students Day.

“Having these opportunities has developed my leadership skills such as time management, communication skills, responsibility and organization,” said Montick.

The Quinnipiac Future Teacher Organization has been recognized – both on the national and local levels – for its work with professional development, community outreach and leadership.

“Probably the most important reasons for joining QFTO is to quickly connect with students who have similar interests and to have the opportunity to work in schools as early as their first year,” said Marion Sparago, QFTO chapter advisor. “Our club members make strong bonds and support each other throughout their five years at Quinnipiac.”

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