Margaret Zager MS '09 planned to become an elementary school teacher since she was in elementary school herself. "I have always loved kids and knew that I wanted a career that involved working with kids," she observes."
After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with degrees in Psychology and Education, Margaret taught for several years. "It was helpful to have that framework about what a classroom is really like, she says "But I realized that I needed to learn more about teaching. I had a few courses in teaching reading as an undergrad, but I didn't feel like I was an expert in the field. To really do justice to the students I work with, I wanted to be an expert."
Margaret decided on Wheelock's Language and Literacy program because of our focus on children and families and because our graduate programs are nationally-accredited. This accreditation will allow Margaret to obtain licensure more easily in other states or internationally.
"I certainly feel more confident in my teaching. I have had excellent professors at Wheelock. These professors are not only extremely knowledgeable about what they teach, but they really care about our development as teachers and as people.
"I've also enjoyed the opportunity to get to know other teachers in the program who are going through the same experience as I am. We support each other now, and I'm sure we will remain in touch.
"I feel like I am in good hands at Wheelock. I know I am well-prepared."