Renee Gantt

Master of Arts in Educational Studies with Elementary Teacher Certification, '14

Renee  Gantt, School of Education

Field of Study: ELMAC -- English/Language Arts and ESL 

Year in Program: c/o 2014

Age: 26

Geographic Region: Alice, TX > Blacksburg, VA > Ann Arbor, MI 

Undergraduate: Virginia Tech 

Prior to UM: Prior to coming to the University of Michigan, I was a classroom assistant for a program for middle school students with exceptionalities. 

Why your program? I chose the ELMAC program because it is a short, intense program that has a great reputation for producing excellent teachers. I was very attracted to the multitude of field work opportunities, as well as the optional ESL endorsement. Through this program, I have learned so much more than just methods and theories. I have learned how to think critically about curriculum, management, and collaboration. 

The best part of SOE so far: I really enjoy being in the School of Education because there are so many opportunities to learn more about the aspects of education that I am most interested in. The professors have all been helpful and very invested in helping students learn how to teach. 

After graduation: After graduation, I plan to work as an elementary classroom teacher. I hope to work in an area that is linguistically and culturally diverse because I am also interested in teaching English Language Learners and furthering my own knowledge about second language acquisition. 

Teach me something! If you are moving to Ann Arbor from out of state, there are a few things you should know. First, it can get really, really cold here. Be prepared to wear a lot of layers! Second, summers are beautiful. The weather is mild and perfect for walking around downtown. There are also several parks with walking/biking trails that go through some very pretty wooded areas. Third, there are always interesting things happening! No matter what your outside interests are, Ann Arbor will have something fun to offer you. Personally, my favorite event is the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair. 

Gantt’s program of study:
Elementary Teacher Education (ELMAC)