Future teachers impacting the present
Teachers are not only responsible for the academic development of students. They also have a tremendous impact on the social and emotional learning of their students. Members of the Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization learn that well in advance of their internships and student-teaching.
QFTO, a student-run club, organizes events and initiatives in public schools across Connecticut. These range from after-school tutoring and school beautification projects to programs that blend academics, nutrition and fitness.
Kimberly Day ’19, MAT ’20, and her peers run the Young Educator Society (YES) at Hamden Middle School, host Family STEM nights in local Connecticut public schools, and regularly work with displaced mothers and their children at Life Haven Emergency Shelter in nearby New Haven.
For their innovative programs and commitment to education equality across the socioeconomic spectrum, QFTO has received the National Education Association’s Local Excellence Award three consecutive years — and counting.
“This club was one of the main reasons I chose Quinnipiac,” said Molly Mastrianni `20, MAT `21. “If you care about kids and care about educating them, then I say join.”