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TeachersConnect: The Loyola Community

Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education students and alumni benefit in many ways from the free online community, Loyola TeachersConnect. Loyola TeachersConnect community grants teachers access to the most powerful resource of all: each other. Loyola students and alumni are able to reconnect with their cohort, mentor teacher, and fieldwork supervisor, connect with other teachers in the same grade and subject, gather cutting-edge ideas for their classroom, get trusted resources, exchange lesson ideas, and get answers to their pressing questions.

Loyola is a pioneer university on the TeachersConnect platform, and has created an online network of mentorship and collaboration that connects Loyola students, faculty, alumni, and mentor teachers. All Loyola School of Education students and alumni are invited to join the community.

Meet more of the Loyola TeachersConnect community builders!

Rachael Degnan

About Me

Headshot of Rachael DegnanI graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a degree in mathematics and secondary education. I am currently in my 4th year teaching 7th grade math in Howard County, Md. I also recently started graduate school at McDaniel College for a degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus in leadership. I strive to create student-centered and problem-based learning in my middle school math classroom.

  • Education: Loyola University Maryland, McDaniel College
  • Teaching Experience: Elkridge Landing Middle, 7th grade, Algebra, Math
  • Teacher Communities: Loyola University Maryland

I turn to the TeachersConnect community when...
I would like some perspective on an issue from someone outside of my school community, or even my school district.

A moment the TC community really impacted my teaching was...
I posted a question about how to handle aggressive/hostile emails from a parent. I was so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and advice from the community! The responses helped me realize that this is a situation that unfortunately many teachers experience in their career, and it is in no way a reflection of my teaching. This shift in mindset helped me handle this issue professionally and objectively.

What I enjoy most about participating in the Loyola TC community is...
I enjoy offering my own advice to the interns on some of the issues they bring up from a relatively new teacher perspective. This is something that I know I would have appreciated as a former intern. Your mentor teacher can show you so many amazing things, but sometimes it's nice to hear from someone only a few years into the profession.

I connect with other teachers on TC because...
I like hearing about both the successes and struggles of educators from across the country. I find comfort in knowing that other educators face similar challenges, and it is not just me in my own classroom.

Eleanore Ryan

About Me

Headshot of Eleanore RyanHi everyone! My name is Eleanore and I am originally from New York. I recently graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Last year I interned in 4th and 2nd grade classrooms at Elmwood Elementary in Baltimore County. I am now teaching 6th grade ELA and science at Port Towns Elementary in Prince George's County.

  • Education: Loyola University Maryland
  • Teaching Experience: Port Towns Elementary, 6th grade, ELA and Science
  • Teacher Communities: Loyola University Maryland

I turn to the TeachersConnect community when...
I get stuck on a lesson plan, when I need new behavior and classroom management strategies, or even to just see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms across the country.

A moment the TC community really impacted my teaching was...
When I found out that I would be teaching 6th grade English. I shared that exciting news with the community, and I asked for book recommendations to build up my classroom library. I received so many responses and useful feedback from educators who are experienced in that age group! The novels that they recommended have really made a difference and got my students excited about reading.

What I enjoy most about participating in the Loyola TC community is...
I get to see what my fellow alumni are up to in their classrooms. I love getting feedback back from them because I know that a lot of them teach in similar types of schools as I do and have gone through similar experiences as me. Their wisdom has definitely helped me to become a better teacher!

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