- Class Year2020
- DegreeMaster of Arts in Teaching
Originally from East Hampton, N.Y., Mike received his B.S. in Economics from Clemson University and worked as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher in Seattle and in Baltimore; he also has experience working in journalism, government, and the food and beverage and music industries. For Mike, enrolling in Loyola’s Master of Arts in Teaching program was an easy decision: the School of Education had the program he was looking for and he was able to earn his degree in one year. “Because of the foundation of the coursework of the MAT program, the mentorship of the instructors, and an internship experience that focused on teaching skills, I felt that I had an advantage while interviewing for a teaching job. I secured a position at my top choice of schools within my district and avoided the stress and frustration of trying to find a good fit,” he said. Mike believes his Loyola degree was an investment that will pay dividends for the rest of his career. Since his completion of the program in May 2020, Mike has been teaching 4th grade at Hillcrest Elementary School (BCPS) in Catonsville, Md. “Working with elementary students and watching them grow as people and thinkers has been a tremendous privilege. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.”
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Jesuits have a solid reputation as educators. The other students in my cohort were amazing and made the intensity of this program a shared, instead of solitary, experience of growth and learning.