- Class of 2019
- Program Master of Arts in Teaching
After serving as a volunteer for the Peace Corps in the West African country of Burkina Faso, and then completing her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Yale University, Lara started to think more deeply about what she would like to pursue for the rest of her career. She realized that she had always enjoyed teaching and mentoring students, but that she didn’t want to work in an institution where she was also doing research. With this insight, she decided to get her teaching certification. She chose Loyola's School of Education for the small classes and the focus on social justice issues. Lara has been impressed by how dedicated the faculty in her program have been, connecting with and supporting students. She likes that professors try as much as possible to tailor their courses to student needs. Above all, she says she always feels encouraged to contribute to classroom discussions with her intelligent and engaged classmates.
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I am pleased with the emphasis on service to others and social justice as connected to the Jesuit foundations of the University. This is especially important for teachers, since we are in constant contact with our communities.