Jesse Antuma

Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Secondary Teacher Certification

Jesse  Antuma, School of Education

Field of Study: Master of Arts with Teacher Certification (MAC) - Biology and Spanish (Major and Minor, respectively)

Year in Program: 1

Geographic Region: Holland, MI

Undergraduate: Holland Christian High School, Calvin College (Undergraduate), University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources & Environment (Graduate)

Prior to UM:  Graduate student—U of M's School of Natural Resources & Environment: Graduate Student Instructor (PiTE; Woody Plants); Master's Project: "Restoring Forests and Communities: Lessons from the Collaborative Landscape Forest Restoration Program"; Lead researcher: riverbank erosion rates and riparian flora composition in three Michigan rivers; helped start UMBees student organization; SNRE Ambassador - Trip Program Supervisor, U of M's Outdoor Adventures Program: Designed outdoor recreation trips; taught outdoor skills; developed First Ascent program (orientation program for incoming freshman to U of M) - Commercial Services Technician: maintenance of residential parks

The best part of SOE so far: The best part of SOE is the people. It is wonderful to be in an environment where everyone is dedicated to a common cause, where student, staff and faculty support and encourage each other, and where you can be an integral part of an effective community. 

After graduation: After graduation, I plan to work as a Biology or Spanish teacher in a high-needs urban or rural high school. 

Teach me something! There are many things to do as a student here on campus at U of M! If you are interested in learning more about sustainable food production or want to get your hands dirty to fill your stomach with delicious foods, get involved with the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP - This is a student-run organization that has developed and continues to maintain an expansive vegetable and herb garden here in Ann Arbor. There are lots of opportunities to get involved with the garden or the apiary of the UMBees—student organization that serves to protect and support honey bees—which is located next to the garden! Join these student groups and spend sometime outdoors!