Clare Long ’20 has accepted a position as a co-teacher at Greenwich Country Day School in Greenwich, Conn. The post is part of a two-year program at the elite college preparatory school which provides recent college graduates with invaluable knowledge of the classroom by working alongside an experienced teacher.
As an English major and member of the Colleges’ Teacher Education Program (TEP), Long graduated in May with a New York State certification in childhood education. TEP enables students to pursue academic study in a discipline of their choice at the Colleges, while gaining experience in the classrooms of nearby schools. Each semester, students spend 40 hours as teaching assistants, taking on growing responsibilities in the classroom from teaching mini lessons to creating lesson plans and assessments. TEP students spend their final semester at the Colleges teaching full time in a local classroom with a cooperating teacher.
“The lessons I’ve learned through my placements have been incredibly beneficial to me as a teacher,” says Long. “I feel prepared to teach, thanks to HWS.” After working with a cooperating teacher during her final teaching placement at North Street Elementary School, Long says she was eager to find a post-graduate opportunity that similarly emphasized mentorship.
Long landed the position with Greenwich Country Day School during the Colleges’ NYC Teacher Education Trip. Led by Director of Elementary Education and Coordinator of Student Supervision Jennifer Harris P’21, P’22 and Director of Secondary Education Andrea Huskie, students met with HWS alums who are educators and administrators in the New York City area. They also attended the Career and Internship Connections Fair, where Long made the connection with her future employer.
While Long returned home to Skillman, N.J., in March because of the COVID-19 outbreak, she continued to coordinate online instruction for her students at North Street Elementary School. With her cooperating teacher, Long hosted Zoom sessions once a week to check in on the emotional and physical health of her students. She also prepared daily activities and challenges.
Although reopening plans have yet to be finalized, Long intends to begin her Greenwich Country Day School position in August. After her experience with remote instruction at North Street Elementary, Long says she is prepared to teach through a hybrid learning model, which could utilize both in person and online instruction.